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Activity Description of "A FLUID MEMBRANE MODEL"

Audience Grades 11-13
Abstract This activity provides a visual and dynamic way to learn and fully understand the mechanisms of transport across cellular membranes. Students create a "living" model using themselves as phoshpolipid molecules and protein channels. Other students toss crumpled paper balls at the living membrane to illustrate the process of passive and active transport. A pre-activity lesson is also included. This involves the use of an easy-to-make visual membrane model that is used on the overhead projector. A set of questions have been included as a follow-up.
Author Elizabeth Mota-Kenney
Email elizabeth.mota@dpcdsb.org
Subjects Advanced Biology
Special Categories Cross Age Instruction
Unifying Concept Evidence, models, and explanation
Science and Technology Understandings about science and technology
Science as Inquiry Understandings about scientific inquiry
History and Nature of Science Nature of scientific knowledge
Science in Personal and Social PerspectivesEnvironmental quality
Life, Physical, Earth Sciences The cell, Structure and function in living systems, Motion and forces
Other Standards Science Teaching

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