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In this integrated, seventh-grade biology unit, students learn about the concepts of active and passive transport in cells. In the first half of the unit, students conduct labs and a series of thought experiments to deeply understand diffusion, homeostasis, and osmosis. In the second half of the unit, students apply their knowledge of active and passive transport to design a solution to the real-world question, “How can we solve the potable water crisis in Puerto Rico?” Then, students work together to create a biofuels company. Finally, students take on the role of a medical counselor and work to understand and accurately explain cell diseases.

Applying the Roll of Cells to the Real World

Applying the Roll of Cells to the Real World

In this integrated, seventh-grade biology unit, students learn about the concepts of active and passive transport in cells. In the first half of the unit, students conduct labs and a series of thought experiments to deeply understand diffusion, homeostasis, and osmosis. In the second half of the unit, students apply their knowledge of active and passive transport to design a solution to the real-world question, “How can we solve the potable water crisis in Puerto Rico?” Then, students work together to create a biofuels company. Finally, students take on the role of a medical counselor and work to understand and accurately explain cell diseases.

English Arts

ELAGSE7W3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, relevant descriptive details, and well-structured event sequences.

Mathematics

MGSE7.RP.2

Recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities.

Science

S7L2

Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to describe how cell structures, cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems interact to maintain the basic needs of organisms.

S7L4

Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to examine the interdependence of organisms with one another and their environments.

  • About the Teacher

    Dr. Kathleen Lanman

    Booth Middle School
    Fayette County Schools

    Dr. Lanman is an accomplished classroom educator with 20+ years’ experience in teaching, leadership, curriculum, and professional development. She is a dedicated advocate for STE(A)M education for all students, and presents frequently at conferences on topics related to STEM and STEAM education. She has won state and national awards for her innovative teaching methods.