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)
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