MS-LS1-1 Unicellular vs. Multicellular Organisms Lab Stations Activity

MS-LS1-1 Unicellular vs. Multicellular Organisms Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-LS1-1. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Unicellular vs. Multicellular Organisms Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Observe the cells of a multicellular and unicellular organism.
2. Compare unicellular and multicellular organisms.
3. Distinguish between unicellular organisms, multicellular organisms and nonliving things.

Science Skills Station
Students will investigate whether specimens are living or nonliving and whether living things are unicellular or multicellular. Students will collect evidence through direct and indirect observations to make these determinations.

Narrative Station
Students will read an informational text about unicellular and multicellular organisms. Students will compare and contrast how life functions are carried out differently in unicellular and multicellular organisms.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to unicellular and multicellular organisms. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will identify problems and limitations with how life functions are carried out in multicellular and unicellular organisms. Students will discuss how the way life functions are carried out limit an organism’s ability to survive.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
2 Computers or Tablets
Yeast
Hair
Red onion
Moss
Bread Mold (requires 3-5 days to grow)
6 Beakers (1 per specimen)
1 light microscope
Glass slides and coverslips

To maximize science skill utilization in this laboratory, I strongly suggest obtaining all these materials and preparing them at the science skills station. However, you can perform the lab with included images and videos of the specimens. These graphics can be used in lei of the actual objects.

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

Purchasing Options to Save you $$$:
• Save 35% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Lab Bundle
• Save 40% with the Integrated Science Lab Bundle
• Save 45% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Complete Curriculum
• Save 50% with the Integrated Science Complete Curriculum
Total Pages
30 pages
Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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