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The Cell: A Complete Unit

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  • Students will be aware that prior to our knowledge of cells, people adhered to the idea of spontaneous generation. This widely accepted idea was rejected because of new scientific knowledge.
  • Students will be familiar with the scientists who lead to the development of the cell theory.
  • Students will know and understand the three parts of the cell theory.
  • Students will understand the basic structure and function(s) of the eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell.
  • Students will be able to identify and describe the function(s) of the organelles inside of a eukaryotic cell.
  • Students will differentiate between a eukaryotic and a prokaryotic cell.
  • Students will explain the differences between a typical animal cell and a typical plant cell.
  • Students will understand that multicellular organisms are made up of different types of cells with specialized functions.
  • Students will gain practice using the microscope: 1) They will be able to identify its parts and understand the functions of those parts. 2) They will be able to find and focus the specimens present on prepared slides. 3) They will be able to create their own wet-mount slide and focus on the specimen.


Detailed procedures are included in each lesson plan.

Sunshine State Standards

  • SC.F.1.4.1
  • SC.F.1.4.3
  • SC.F.1.4.5
  • SC.F.1.4.8
  • SC.H.1.4.2
  • SC.H.1.4.3
  • SC.H.1.4.5
  • SC.H.1.4.6
  • SC.H.1.4.7
  • SC.H.3.4.2

NETS Profiles for Technology Literate Students

  • Basic operations / concepts
  • Technology productivity
  • Technology research tools


  • Cell Theory Timeline: Inspiration software
  • Cell Structure & Function Project: eZedia software OR Keynote software
  • Observing Cells lab: toothpicks, microscope slides, microscope cover slips, microscopes, methylene blue, iodine, onions, forceps.


Each lesson plan includes alternatives and extensions.
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