The Cell


You have been learning more about the building block of life by reading The Cell by Jack Challoner. Now you can use the resources on this student esheet to help you deepen your understanding of cells and cell structure.


You can review the concepts from the book by looking at an an animated simulation of a cell. To do this, watch the Inner Life of the Cell (above) created by Harvard BioVisions. It visually recreates many of the cell structures and processes reviewed in The Cell and may help you imagine how the cell structures act in a 3-D space.

Write down the structures or cell types you recognize as you watch the animation. Then answer these questions on your The Cell student sheet:

  • What were some of the cellular processes that you’re familiar with shown in the video?
  • What clues indicated that this was a white blood cell sensing its surroundings and responding to an external stimulus?
  • How does this video change your perception of how cells function?

No go to the Virtual Lab from CELLS alive! Complete the lab using your Virtual Lab student sheet. Before you start the virtual lab, you should first read the In the Lab section. Once you’ve clicked through this section, you can click on the Virtual Lab link on the last page of the In the Lab section. This will take you back to the main page. To do the lab, you should click on the “Next” button at the bottom of the page.

You should fill out the table on the student sheet and then answer these follow up questions:

  • What types of hypotheses can you test with this kind of genetics experiment?
  • How does knowledge about cells influence our lives today?
  • If you were a cell biologist, what questions would you ask to further our knowledge of cells? What would you want to learn? How would you go about testing your hypotheses? How is the information you learned about cells useful to your daily lives? How does it influence your personal (career) interests?

This esheet is a part of the The Cell: A Visual Tour of the Building Block of Life lesson.

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Grades Project 2061 Benchmarks National Science Standards