Introduction to Cells: A Science Reading Passage

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4th - 8th
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A four-page reading passage that introduces basic cell terminology. I wrote this passage to introduce cells to my students while covering Characteristics of Life and MS-LS1-1 (Living things are made of cells), so we are not yet focusing on organelle and the structures and functions.

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Vocabulary introduced in the passage includes: cells, organisms, unicellular, multicellular, prokaryotic, eukaryotic, organelle, cell membrane, semipermeable, cytoplasm, nucleus, DNA, function, structure, nucleoid, chloroplast, cell wall, specialized

Concepts introduced: Cells as the basic building blocks of life, different types of cells (uni- and multicellular, prokaryotic vs. eukaryotic, animal and plant cells), levels of organization, and looking at cells under a microscope.

How could I use this product?

My students read this passage before looking at cells through a microscope for the first time, in advance of completing the cheek cell lab and identifying living and non-living things. The few organelles that are introduced are organelles that students might be able to identify under a compound light microscope. The pictures were pulled from multiple sources cited on the last page.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells. Emphasis is on developing evidence that living things are made of cells, distinguishing between living and non-living cells, and understanding that living things may be made of one cell or many and varied cells.
Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways the parts of cells contribute to the function. Emphasis is on the cell functioning as a whole system and the primary role of identified parts of the cell, specifically the nucleus, chloroplasts, mitochondria, cell membrane, and cell wall. Assessment of organelle structure/function relationships is limited to the cell wall and cell membrane. Assessment of the function of the other organelles is limited to their relationship to the whole cell. Assessment does not include the biochemical function of cells or cell parts.


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