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Science / Year 8 / Science Understanding / Biological sciences

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Curriculum content descriptions

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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Cell structure and function

This resource is designed to support student learning in Stage 4 Science. It provides an interactive overview of animal cells, plant cells and bacteria and inludes some VR clips.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How does the retina work?

When electrons in your retina absorb photons of light they don't emit light, they cause a molecule to change shape - and that lets you see colour!

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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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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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Gas Exchange in the Lungs

This resource consists of 5 sets of automated illustrated slides with voice over presenting detailed information and explanations about the process of gas exchange in the lungs and blood. There is an extensive use of animated diagrams to explain concepts. Terms such as diffusion and homeostasis are mentioned.

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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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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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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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Tasty science: Connected Learning Experience

This Connected Learning Experience (CLE) students explore the digestive system in higher animals. In this investigation, the specialised structures and functions of cells in the tongue are explored to determine how this organ helps animals survive. Claims regarding the taste map of the tongue, published in 1901, are evaluated ...

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Structure and function: animals and plants: collection

This is a collection of 13 digital curriculum resources that explore the flow of energy and matter in an ecosystem. The collection comprises nine images and four interactive simulations that investigate aspects of metabolism in animals and plants. Some resources investigate cell processes, such as those involved in digestion, ...