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Cells are the basic units of living things; they have specialised structures and functions (ACSSU149)

Elaborations
  • examining a variety of cells using a light microscope, by digital technology or by viewing a simulation
  • distinguishing plant cells from animal or fungal cells
  • identifying structures within cells and describing their function
  • recognising that some organisms consist of a single cell
  • recognising that cells reproduce via cell division
  • describing mitosis as cell division for growth and repair
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Cells

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Sites2See: Exploring the human body

This page of resources for basic physiology and anatomy has a comprehensive outline of all the systems of the body and sensory organs, with animated graphics and activities to help explain them, plus links to visual and interactive resources online.

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From little things big things grow: student digital activities

This is a set of student digital activities about the features and structure of cells and their functions. It contains a rich array of interactive activities, film clips and notebook questions to assist learning, and is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource that covers Biological sciences content descriptions in year ...

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Cell Structure and Function

Students use this resource consisting of six slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to identify the names and functions of some of the structures found in plant and animal cells. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Genetics, inheritance and epilepsy

Explore genetics, the patterns of inheritance and disease-causing mutations. Find out about Gregor Mendel's historic pea-plant breeding experiments showing that traits are inherited in particular patterns. See how Australian scientists discovered the gene mutation responsible for a type of epilepsy.

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Micro-organisms

Students use this resource consisting of four slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand the different types of microbes that can cause disease. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Cells

This is a unit of work designed to help students investigate the link between the structure of a cell and its function. Students explore how the development of microscopic technology has assisted the examination of common cell structures. They compare the cell structures of plants, animals, fungi and bacteria. Additional ...

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Introducton to cells

Discover that all life is divided into two cell types. Learn about the difference between simpler prokaryotes, such as bacteria, and more complex eukaryotes, the group to which humans and multicellular organisms belong. See the amazing microscopic world teeming within a drop of pond water.

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White Blood Cells

Students use this resource consisting of nine slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand how the white blood cells defend the body against disease. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Classifying systems in cells

The nature of how living things work is intrinsically connected and interrelated. This unit covers a broad range of topics, from molecular aquaporins (the tiny channels through which water and other molecules pass through cell membranes) to the global challenge of securing the world's food supply. It contains a sequence ...

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Cells and energy

Cells are like chemical factories. Discover the different ways cells get energy to carry out their daily operations. Learn about the different types of metabolic processes inside cells, such as those that break down molecules to release energy and those that assemble building blocks to make more complex components.

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The Role of the Leaf in Photosynthesis

Students use this resource consisting of nine slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand the structures of the leaf and its cells that facilitate photosynthesis. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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From little things big things grow: student guide

This is a student guide about the features and structure of cells and their functions. It contains information and hands-on inquiry activities and is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource that covers Biological sciences content descriptions in year 8 of the science curriculum. The year 8 strands of Science Understanding, ...

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From little things big things grow: teacher guide

This is a teacher guide about the features and structure of cells and their functions. It provides an overview of lessons including worksheets and assessment, and is part of a comprehensive curriculum resource that covers Biological sciences content descriptions in year 8 of the science curriculum. The year 8 strands of ...

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Building cells synthetically

A cell's own genetic material provides the instructions for how it works, but what if we could design our own set of instructions? Synthetic biology combines biology and engineering in the design of new systems and functions for cells. Watch this animated clip for an explanation of this new, innovative technology. See examples ...

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Cells and the molecules of life

Take a look at cells, and some of their components, starting from the very beginning of life on Earth. Speculate on the origin of the molecules of life and investigate how they combine to create the structure and function of cells.

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Specialised Cells in the Breathing System

Students use this resource consisting of five slides with diagrams, written explanation and voice-over to understand how cells in the mucous membrane perform their function. There is a two-question quiz and a summary slide.

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Breathing and Respiration

This resource consists of five sets of automated illustrated slides with voice over presenting detailed information and explanations about the mechanism of human breathing and the respiration system.

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Flow of energy and matter in ecosystems: collection

This is a collection of 17 digital curriculum resources that support teaching and learning about the flow of energy and matter in ecosystems. The collection comprises seven teacher resources that include activities for investigating ecosystems, and ten learning strategies. The strategies include concept mapping, brainstorming, ...

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Respiration and Life Processes

This resource consists of 3 sets of automated illustrated slides with voice over presenting information about respiration as a life process and chemical reaction in all living cells. They describe the role of mitochondria in respiration.

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BrainPOP: cells

This animated video gives an overview of cells, cell types, cell structure and cell function. As part of the examination of cell structure and function the resource examines the role of DNA, RNA and organelles. It explains that all plants and animals consist of cells and describes the different types of cells that are found ...