Learning animal cell in various ways

INTRODUCTION

We are studying animal cell structure by activating students to do something concrete and touchable with modelling clay or drawing with chalk and making a video.

Made by Kati Ahlqvist, Armfelt school, Salo, Finland

TOPIC

Animal cell structure and meaning of organelles

GOALS

Goals of transversal competences or 21th century skills

  • thinking and learning to learn
  • ICT competence

Goals of biology

  • to learn the structure of animal cell
  • to learn meaning of organelles
  • to use ICT
  • to work individually and collaboratively in the classroom and outdoors

ACTIVITY / METHOD

Students build an animal cell with modelling clay, they make little notes and name the organelles. Then they study the meaning of organelles and explain them to teacher.

Students draw an animal cell with chalk outside on asphalt. Then they take pictures or videos of their drawing. They make a video of the material and add organelles names and meanings.

MATERIALS

  • modelling clay
  • chalk
  • iPad or phone

USE OF ITC, APPS, WEBSITES

  • taking photos or video
  • editing video
  • iMovie

STUDENTS ACTIVITY LEVEL

High or mediate. If they do this in groups editing video activates only one or two students.

NEW IDEAS

You could collect a vlog of different subjects of human biology.

 

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Students take photos and make digital collage of organisms

Introduction

My students are making digital collages or organisms (plants, animals, fungi, protists). They do it mainly at school but some do it at home too. Here is the description about why they are doing it and how.

Made by Rita Keskitalo, Perniön yhteiskoulu, Salo, Finland

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Topic

Different organisms of Finland nature

Goals

Goals of transversal competences or 21st century skills:

  • thinking and learning to learn
  • ICT competence
  • participation and influence
  • building a sustainable future

 

Goals of biology:

  • student can make a photo collage of organisms
  • student recognize different species
  • student can explain classification of organisms
  • student can make a small-scale research
  • student can use ICT as a tool of learning
  • student can use social media as a learning environment
  • student can work individually and collaboratively in the classroom and outdoors

Activity / method

Students take pictures about organisms of Finnish nature like forests, lakes and seas.  They can make a digital collage to Instagram, WhatsApp or a slideshow with PowerPoint or publication with Adobe Spark. They observe all organisms they’ll see. They use microscopes or magnifying glasses. Students take photos, give organisms a name and classify them. They can write something interesting about their lives too. In social media they use suitable hashtags for example #animal #invertebrate #plankton #waterflea #cladocera. It is recommended that students follow other students’ digital collages in Instagram, comment and like them.

 

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Materials

  • student’s own phone
  • magnifying glass
  • microscopes

Learning environments

  • classroom
  • school yard
  • outdoors: different ecosystems near the school and home
  • social media

Use of ICT, apps, websites

  • Instagram
  • WhatsApp
  • PowerPoint
  • Adobe Spark
  • or something else

Students’ activity level

High.

New ideas

We and our students together could make a digital collage of Nordic (Icelandic, Swedish and Finnish) species for example to Instagram.

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