Cells 'R Us Work Days 4-5

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Students will use their knowledge of cell organelles and cell processes to develop an analogy for the cell.

Big Idea

Big models make for big understanding

Note to Teachers

The Cells 'R Us project based learning experience is broken up into two units -- Cells and Organellesand Cell Processes. Instead of teaching all the content and then expecting the students to use it in their projects, I teach the content as the students progress through the project in an attempt to achieve "just-in-time" teaching. This allows me to chunk the lessons in a way that makes sense to the big project without overwhelming the students with information.

The complete sequence of lessons I use is:

In between that sequence, I provide work days so the students can integrate what they have learned into their final project.

The specific lessons that cover the development of the project are:


Work Days

100 minutes

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