Cells and organ systems

The list provides a range of activities, lesson ideas, background information, practical tips and suggested teaching strategies for looking at cells, tissues and organ systems at KS3.

The resources in this list support lesson planning for the following areas of the curriculum:

• cells as the fundamental unit of living organisms, including how to observe, interpret and record cell structure using a light microscope
• the functions of the cell wall, cell membrane, cytoplasm, nucleus, vacuole, mitochondria and chloroplasts
• the similarities and differences between plant and animal cells
• the role of diffusion in the movement of materials in and between cells
• the structural adaptations of some unicellular organisms
• the hierarchical organisation of multicellular organisms: from cells to tissues to organs to systems to organisms.

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