The Great Cell WebQuest
(Modified from a WebQuest by Mr. Darrell Martin)
(Note – When I put this WebQuest together in 2005, I wanted to write it in a light-hearted manner. I tried to do it in a way that the Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin might have done it. I did this as a small tribute on my part for all he was doing to teach us about wildlife and nature. Sadly, this has become my tribute to a wonderful person for all he did to help improve my knowledge as a teacher. Thanks, Steve, for all you did for us!)
Crikey, ya' know you're all made of a bunch of cells. Well, we're going to go out and hunt down some of those cells. We'll travel through them and we'll learn what you're really made of. Hold on, we're in for a rough ride!
G'day, mate! We're getting ready to take you on the journey of your lifetime! It's been donkey's years since I've done this! You will be shrunk down to the size of a water molecule. This means you will be able to move into and out of a cell easier than wrestling with a crock! By jingoes! Let me tell you about the time oops! Tell ya' later. Hold on and we'll be movin' any tick of the clock. The trip'll be bee's knees.
To complete the first part of your assignment, grab your Cell Organelle Research Worksheet. You’ll need to take notes as we travel. Let’s get to the duck’s guts. You’re going to have to make a trading card for each organelle. We’ve got the information you’ll need to finish the assignment. Don’t be a piker! You’ll have to polish off this assignment before you move on to the next.
Ya' can't go anywhere without a guide. Make sure ya' look at the information below. That'll keep ya' from getting up a gum tree. Crikey, I don't know how I could guide ya' without them.
Cell Alive Interactive Cell
The Virtual Cell - The Virtual Cell is an online Cell Biology textbook. It provides students with an interactive journey through the cell.
The Cell and Its Organelles - Play the Incredible Megacell Game.
Animal Cell Interactive - Explore an animal cell.
Cell Structure and Functions - Learn more about the organelles in plant and animal cells.
Animal Cells - The schematic represents an idealized animal cell, e.g., a liver cell. The columns to the left and right of the labels contain links to discussions of the particular structures.
Cells and Organelles - An overview of plant and animal cells.
Drag and Drop Cell Organelles - Test your knowledge of the cell by matching each structure with it's function by dragging the organelles to their proper spaces.
The Trading Cards
By the time you get here, you're cookin' with gas, mate. Using the information gathered for your trading cards, it's time to get flat out like a lizard drinking. Use this worksheet to help you do your assignment. Don't print your assignment! Just save it in the file as instructed on your worksheet!!
By the time you get here, you're cookin' with gas, mate. Using the information gathered for your trading cards, your group will be making a PowerPoint presentation (make sure you keep his nibs happy!). How is a cell like a school? That's your job. Avago and teach us how a cell is like the school. What's like the nucleus in the school? Here's a worksheet to help you from go to whoa! Find people or places and take their picture. Get one for every blank. Polish it off quickly because there's still more.
Using your worksheet, put together a presentation for the class. You will be graded on how good your presentation is. Put some music in your presentation. I might grab my Sheila and dance.,
Once you're done, I know we'll have a happy little Vegemite.
If ya' dunno how to use PowerPoint, here are some tutorials:
HP Online Classes - PowerPoint
PowerPoint in the Classroom
MicroSoft PowerPoint Tutorial
WikiHow also has some "How-To" guides to using PowerPoint. Take a look if you'd like. Pittsfield School District in Pittsfield, NH also has a "How-To" guide called "PowerPoint 101." 'Ave a gander if you'd like.
You will receive a grade of your own for your Cell Organelle Trading Cards. You will also receive a group grade for your Cell as a School presentation.
Well, mate, I hope you've learned how important cells really are. Ya' just can't live without them! You should have learned about and drawing pictures of those important organelles.
Thanks for coming along. Our trip's been real bonzers, but it's time to call it quits. Be careful leaving our ship now that you're back to your normal size. Come back real soon!
Now, about that croc ...