These 11 "Cell Chat!" lab stations will ensure that your students have mastered the concepts that you cover in your unit on cells. Students will work together to solve a problem, complete a task, and /or carry out a small experiment at each of the 11 stations. I use the word “chat” to emphasize to my students that they are to work together and have a productive discussion at each lab station in order to maximize their understanding and mastery of the concepts being covered.
What is included in this product?
- 26 Pages of Student Worksheets
- 11 Cell Chat Lab Station Instruction Cards
- 9 Page Teacher Guide
- 20 Page Teacher Answer Key
- 6 Additional Lab Station Diagrams
What is the purpose of this activity?
My “Chat” activities involve lab stations and cooperative student groups. This type of student interaction is a powerful teaching tool. The relaxed atmosphere of a small group setting often leads to increased mastery of the subject matter content.
This chat activity covers the topics found in a unit on cell structure and function. Students will explore the history of the cell, and learn that there are limits to cell growth. Students will learn to make wet mount slides, and discover the benefits of using stains. Students will gain the hands-on experience they need to improve their microscopy skills. At one lab station students will determine surface area to volume ratios in cells, while watching the mitochondria in action at another station. Most importantly, students will extensively review cell organelles, the differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, and the differences between plant and animal cells.
The lab stations are independent of each other. Do just a few lab stations or do them all! Stations not requiring lab equipment can be completed with a sub, or as a homework assignment.
All materials are completely editable.
Check out the preview for a detailed description of each lab station and a complete materials list.
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Ecology Chat 2: Population Ecology
What are the benefits of this activity?
- Group work is an important part of what we do in a science class, and it is a skill that will be needed throughout life. Lab station activities teach students how to work together to achieve a goal.
- Lab Stations break down the information into smaller and more manageable units. This prevents students from becoming overwhelmed when faced with massive amounts of information.
- These lab stations will ensure that your students have mastered the basic concepts of cell structure and function.
- Lab stations are a great review tool for the unit test.
- "Students helping students" is a powerful teaching tool.
What will the students be doing?
There are 11 lab stations. Students will rotate through the stations, completing the tasks at each station. Each station will highlight an cell-related task to be completed by the group as well as a worksheet of analysis questions. There are 26 pages of student worksheets.
Need to save paper? No problem! Place one copy of the student worksheet at each lab station and have students complete the work on their own notebook paper.
What are the stations in this activity?
- Station: The History of Cell Studies
- Station: Are There Limits to Cell Growth?
- Station: Cell Organelles
- Station: Prokaryotic or Eukaryotic?
- Station: Comparing Plant and Animal Cells
- Station: Plant Cell Organelles
- Station: The Mitochondria
- Station: Levels of Cellular Organization
- Station: Comparing Specialized Cells
- Station: The Cell Membrane
- Station: Cell Acrostic Puzzle
What concepts are covered?
- The Discovery of the Cell. Students will read a short biography about Robert Hooke and answer a set of analysis questions.
- Limits to Cell Growth: Students will determine the surface area to volume ratio in a variety of cells.
- Organelles and structures found in animal cells. Students will label the cell and review the functions of the nucleus, nucleolus, nuclear membrane, chromosomes, ribosomes, rough ER, smooth ER, Golgi apparatus, lysosomes, vacuoles, mitochondria, the cytoskeleton, the cell membrane, and centrioles.
- Organelles and structures found in plant cells. Students will label the plant cell and review the functions of the large central vacuole, chloroplasts, and cell wall.
- Differences between plant and animal cells.
- Levels of Cellular Organization: Unicellular, colonial, multicellular, cell specialization, tissues, organs, systems.
- Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic Cells: Definitions and differences between these two types of cells.
- Structure of the Cell Membrane: Phospholipid bilayer, integral proteins, transport proteins, cell markers, carbohydrates.
The 9-page teacher guide includes:
- Purpose of the activity.
- Description of what students will be doing.
- How to carry out your role as facilitator.
- Materials List
- Complete instructions for how to set up each lab station.
- Tips and suggestions for successful completion of the activity.
This product also includes a very detailed 20-Page Teacher Answer Key
Related products include:
Cell Structure and Function Bundle
Cell Structure and Function PowerPoint and Notes
Cell Organelle Acrostic Puzzle
Cell Organelles Mix -n- Match Review Game
Biology Lab: Cell Structure and Function
Worksheet: The Importance of Surface Area to Volume Ratio in Cells
Cells (Plant and Animal) Quiz / Homework / Review
BOOM Cards for Cell Organelles High School Edition
BOOM Cards for Cell Organelles Middle School Edition
Homework or Quiz on Cells
Cell Organelles Matching Worksheet
Lab: Diversity of Cell Structures
Cell Organelles Crossword Puzzle
Cell Structure and Function - Set of 3 Quizzes
Test: Cell Structure and Function and Membrane Transport
Cell Structure and Physiology Warm Ups, or Bell Ringers
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