Cheek Cell Lab –   ocell_onion_220pxbserve cheek cells under the microscope
Cheek Cell Virtual Lab – virtual microscope view of cells

Plant Cell Lab  –  microscope observation of onion and elodea
Plant Cell Lab Makeup –  can be done at home or at the library
Plant Cell Virtual Lab – use a virtual microscope to view plant cells.

Comparing Plant and Animal Cells – looks at cheek and onion cells

Investigation: What are the Different Types of Cells – survey of different kinds of cells, cheek, blood, onion root, leaf

Animal Cell Coloring – color a typical animal cell
Plant Cell Coloring – color a typical plant cell
Prokaryote Coloring – color a typical bacteria cell
Cell City Analogy – compares a cell to a city
Cells Alive (internet) – view cells on the web
Cell Model – create a cell from household and kitchen items, rubric included
Cell Research & Design – research cells on the web, use computer to create your own cell
Cell Rap – song or poem to describe the parts of the cell

Label the parts of the cell – complex drawing showing plant and animal cells, and protein synthesis
Cell Labeling – simple cell drawing and complex cells diagrams are compared

Why Are Cells So Small? – measure the surface area and volume of boxes as a cell model

Cell Size Experiment – use agar and a basic solution to illustrate how fast fluids can diffuse into a cell, dependent on cell size

Cell Reproduction

Mitosis in an Onion – view picture, identify the stages of mitosis in each of the cells
Cell Cycle Label – label a picture of the stages of mitosis, identify parts of the cell such as the centriole and spindle
Onion Root Tip Lab – view real cells with a microscope, requires lab equipment and prepared slides
Onion and Whitefish – view cells, if you missed the classroom lab; virtual version of the mitosis lab
Mitosis Internet Lesson  – view animations of mitosis; questions
Meiosis Internet Lesson –  view animations of meiosis, compare to mitosis
Cell Cycle Cut and Paste – students arrange words and draw arrows to illustrate mitosis

Cancer: Out of Control Cells – article describing how the cell cycle relates to cancer, includes questions

Osmosis and Diffusion

Diffusion – model diffusion using a plastic baggie, iodine and a beaker.   This article explains what happens.

Cell Membrane Transport – simple diagram shows how molecules enter the cell through diffusion, facilitated diffusion, and osmosis

Cell Membrane Images – work in groups to create captions and titles for images depicting the cell membrane and transport across it.

Case Study: Cystic Fibrosis – for AP Biology, examines the role of cell membrane proteins in clearing mucus from the lungs.

Observing Osmosis – use an egg, vinegar, corn syrup, will take a few days
Salt and Elodea – quick lab to observe the effects of salt water on elodea cells

Diffusion and Osmosis Crossword Puzzle – vocabulary review
Diffusion and Osmosis Review Guide – with questions, definitions and images

Osmosis in Cells – AP Lab 1, modified, using dialysis tubes and sugar solutions to observe water movement

Cellular Respiration and Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis and Respiration Model – image shows the two processes are connected; students answer questions related to a graphi

Chemiosmosis Coloring – color the membrane and the steps involved in the production of ATP
Converting Light Energy into Chemical Energy – label of graphic of photosystems I and II

Cellular Respiration Concept Map – map of the steps involved in cellular respiration
Cellular Respiration – AP Biology Lab using peas and respirometers
Cellular Respiration Virtual Lab –  AP Lab that can be performed online

Case Study:  The Cyanide Murders –  explores cellular respiration and why we need oxygen

Plant Pigments – AP Lab 4, modified
Photosynthesis Simulation – use simulator online to adjust light settings and gather data on ATP production
Photosynthesis Simulation – this simulator uses light and varying levels of carbon dioxide to explore rates of photosynthesis, replaces the waterweed simulator
Photosynthesis Lab – AP Lab, uses spinach leafs and light to measure the rate of photosynthesis. Oxygen bubbles cause leaf disks to float when they are exposed to light.


Acids and Bases – basic coloring showing how water dissociates into ions, pH scale

Enzyme Lab – use liver to show how catalase breaks down hydrogen peroxide into oxygen and water, bubbling is used to measure the reaction at different temperatures.

Virtual Enzyme Lab – this simulator allows the user to change substrate concentrations and pH levels and then observe reaction rates.

Organic Compounds – concept map, students fill in terms related to organic chemistry (carbohydrates, nucleotides..etc