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Students model and observe passive transport as related to cell membranes.  In this scientific inquiry lesson, students investigate the effect of solute concentration on the passive transport of molecules across a semipermeable membrane.  
Young scholars distinguish between active and passive transport. Students identify key words associated with active and passive transport. They draw and explain the structure f the cellular membrane. They are able to define phospholipid bilayer, hydrophilic, and hydrophobic. Young scholars discuss diffusion which is an example of passive transport.
Aside from obviously being a photocopy and a couple of minor formatting problems, this is a laudable lab activity for exploring osmosis. Biology groups cut potato chunks into equal volumes and record the mass of each. They place two chunks into each of three different concentrations of salt solution and later record the new masses. Analysis questions help lab mates think critically through the inquiry. This simple, straightforward activity will enlighten learners about this form of passive transport.
Beginning biologists explore passive transport through two demonstrations and a hands-on inquiry. Spray air freshener from one spot in the classroom and have class members raise their hands as the scent reaches them. Also, place a teabag into a clear glass container of hot water for them to observe. The accompanying activity involves individuals soaking a bear-shaped gummy candy in distilled water overnight, comparing before and after measurements of mass and length. This resource would support your life science lesson on passive transport.

The Cell Membrane

11th - Higher Ed
Your students will love this PowerPoint! Great visuals will support understanding of membrane proteins, cell membranes, active transport, and diffusion. There are a lot of details on each page and all are relevant. The presentation could be split into sections to support a worksheet or to create a self-test paper.  
In this membrane permeability learning exercise, students read introductory information about the cell membrane structure as it pertains to permeabillity and draw a representation of the membrane as they complete a lab. Students record the results cleanliof their modeling activity.
Students differentiate passive and active transport. In this biology instructional activity, students discover how substances pass through the cell membrane. They discuss the pros and cons of biotechnology.

Passive Transport

9th - 12th
Not only will beginning biologists write the answers to questions on this worksheet, they will analyze diagrams of what happens in different situations considering cell transport. Although you will find the text a little blurry and one of the diagrams much lighter than the rest of the print, the approach taken by this resource makes it worthwhile. Simply darken the U-tube diagram and then assign this to your biology class as a review of diffusion and osmosis.
In this cell structure worksheet, students complete 50 multiple choice question review quiz about the different functions and parts of the cell.

Cell Biology

9th - 11th
Students investigate the function and structures of cells. In this biology lesson, students identify the different parts of a cell using a graphic organizer. They define the cell theory and how it relates to a cell as a whole.
Students explore processes of cell transport such as osmosis, diffusion and active transport. They use eggs and various solutions to set up various cell transport conditions. They make predictions about the results and monitor the eggs for five days.
In this cellular transport worksheet, students review the process of osmosis and compare passive transport and active transport. This worksheet has 12 matching questions.
Students observe diffusion of glucose through a cell membrane and research the function of chromium picolinate in glucose uptake into a cell. They conclude and understand the role of insulin and chromium picolinate in the uptake of glucose into a cell.
Students are able to define the following terms: Osmosis, Isotonic Solution, Hypotonic Solution, Hypertonic Solution and Passive Transport. They read and complete a Mitosis worksheet, and play a Cell COmputer Game.
Students discuss the different components of the cell membrane. In this biology lesson, students explain how active transport takes place. They create a graphic organizer for the different terminologies.

Study of the Cell

11th - 12th
Students draw a diagram to show the fluid mosaic model of a membrane. They explain how hydrophobic and hydrophilic properties help membranes hold their shape. They identify the functions of different cell membrane proteins as well.
In this biology word search activity, 8th graders will find and circle eight words or phrases that have to do with cells and cell processes.
Seventh graders engage in a lesson that is concerned with the basic structure and function of the cell. They systematically cover the different parts of the cell that includes active transport, organelles, mitosis, and meiosis. The lesson is a review before a test.

Membranes

9th - Higher Ed
Biology pupils take the cell membrane apart piece-by-piece as they complete this worksheet. They describe the structure of the cell membrane and explain the processes that transport materials across it. This phenomenal resource even has a diagram of a passive transport demonstration for learners to analyze. 

Passive Transport

9th - 11th
Students explain how osmotic pressure affects movement of water molecules. In this biology lesson, students design an experiment to observe osmosis. They discuss their results in class.

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