Apologia Biology: Module 6, The Cell

Yikes!  The complexity within a single, microscopic cell is amazing!  In fact, it is so complex, that Module 6 has 45 vocabulary words to learn!   But don’t be overwhelmed.

Try to compartmentalize the words into groups and pay close attention to root words, prefixes and suffixes wherever you can.   Completing your cell illustration will help; label cell parts, then describe the function. (You will need that for your edible cell project!)   To further compartmentalize, look at similarities in the words.  For example the following words have the suffix, -tion, meaning a process of:

absorption, disgestion, respiration, excretion, egestion, secretion,

reproduction, secretion vesicle

Look at the following words and see how they are inter-related; all of them contain -plasm:

plasma membrane, cytoplasm, cytoplasmic streaming,

endoplasmic reticulum, plasmolysis

To go along with that did you know the prefix endo-, means within?  (You may come across that again with other words in the course.)  The suffix -lysis means to break down.


Found these young men rapping about the parts of an animal cell and their functions:

Here are a couple of links that go along with the study of cells:

Explore this 3-D Cell courtesy of Queen Mary University of London

The Incredible Edible Cell project courtesy of ScienceSpot.net

This next post includes pictures of our Incredible Edible Cells!  Module 6: Experiments (Microscopic Images and Video)

Study Link:  Flashcards & Games at Quizlet.com

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  1. #1 by Marty on October 29, 2010 - 1:09 pm

    Thanks for the info about word parts. I knew some of that, but not all you posted.

    We are making pizzas together with toppings to represent the parts of the cell. I know it isn’t 3-D, but together, they will decide the toppings, and they’ll get to “practice” for when they each make their own cell for the next week out of any material they choose.

    I guess the pizzas will be our Thanksgiving meal, lol.

    • #2 by jlsgrant on October 29, 2010 - 1:19 pm

      Oh! Pizza’s! What a great idea! Now I’m getting hungry just thinking about all their edible cells!

  2. #3 by appliejuice on October 30, 2010 - 9:57 am

    This is great! I am going to link to this. We have our edible cell project this Tuesday. 🙂

    • #4 by jlsgrant on October 30, 2010 - 2:27 pm

      Can’t wait to see your pics! 🙂

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