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Instructor

Erika Mitkus
Standard

Course Title
Honors
Biology

Lesson Date (time)
11-16-15

Unit
Unit 3 - Cells

3.1.B.A9: Compare and contrast scientific theories.
3.1.B.A9: Know that both direct and indirect observations are used by
scientists to study the natural world and universe.

Objective
SWBAT understand that our
understanding of cells has developed
over a long historical process of
observation and testing.
SWBAT name key scientists involved in
cell theory.
SWBAT understand how technology
drove innovations in cell theory.

Essential Question
How does technology deepen our
understanding of scientific phenomena?
How did our current understanding of science
come to be?

Lesson Agenda
Agenda/Tim
e

5 min

5 min

5 E’s

Engage
(Quick
Start/
Review)

Explore

Learning Activities
Teacher will…
Put up a drawing of Hooke’s
cork cells and ask students
to write down 3 observations
they make, as well as a
guess as to what they are
seeing. Remind them of the
difference between
observation and inference.
Explain that what they are
looking at is a drawing made
by a scientists named Robert
Hook in 1665. Hooke was
trying out his new toy, a
microscope, and noticed
small compartments in cork.
He called these
compartments cells, after the
latin word cellulae, meaning
rooms. Today we will explore
how scientists and
technology came together to

Walker Lesson Plan Template for ISA– Grade 7

Students will …
Write down 3 observations
and a guess about the
drawing on the board.
Drawing on their observation
skills and getting them
warmed up to think as the
early scientists did.
Think about how cell theory
was shaped by technology.

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Instructor
Erika Mitkus

20 min

Course Title
Honors
Biology

Explain
(Guided
Practice)

Lesson Date (time)
11-16-15

discover what we now
understand about cells. I will
explain that our eyes are
only so good, I could give
you a piece of grass and you
could stare at it all day, but
you probably wouldn’t be
able to discover anything
noteworthy about cells.
That’s why technology is
important.
I will hand out guided notes
table and explain that we are
going to practice taking
down important notes when
someone is speaking (like in
a vide), and that this is a way
to get them started).
We will watch a short video
on the key players in cell
theory.
https://www.youtube.com/wa
tch?v=4OpBylwH9DU
The video will be paused at
certain moments so that
students can fill out the
appropriate questions on
their sheets. Sheet is titled:
Cell Theory Guided Notes
I will pause after each
question needs to be
answers.
Pauses at:
1:35
2:36
3:14
3:25
4:28
5:18
5:25
5:35

Unit
Unit 3 - Cells

Students will listen and fill in
their tables. I will explain to
them they will be doing an
activity afterward with the
tables, so to be thorough.

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Instructor
Erika Mitkus

Course Title
Honors
Biology

Lesson Date (time)
11-16-15

Unit
Unit 3 - Cells

https://www.youtube.com/wa
tch?v=9viiJJi5R4A
Bring students back with a
small discussion – this
process started out with
some new TECHNOLOGY, a
microscope, and was refined
over the years.
Questions:
Hooke discovered cells in
1665 and the cell theory we
have now was only finished
in the late 1800’s. Are you
surprised it took that long?
How important were the
communications between
scientists to see that this
work was done?

Walker Lesson Plan Template for ISA– Grade 7

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Instructor
Erika Mitkus

20 min

Homework
Core
Vocabulary

Course Title
Honors
Biology

Lesson Date (time)
11-16-15

Unit
Unit 3 - Cells

Will direct students to turn
their work over and see
directions for formative
assessment. Will ask
students to pick 3 scientists
involved in cell theory and
either make a twitter status
or instragram post explaining
their discoveries, complete
with hashtags. This
assignment will be due at the
end of class or for HW
tomorrow if we go late and
Extend/Eva will be work a classwork
grade, 10 points.
luate
(Assessme Rubric is as follows:
nt/
Closure)

3 points – all 3 scientists are
complete.
5 points – all text and images
represent the scientists’
ideas well and get to the
core of their contributions to
cell theory.
2 points – care was taken in
the drawings, text, and
overall neatness of the
project.
EXTRA CREDIT: 2 points – if
you make Ms. Mitkus laugh
while reading them.

Possible social media assessment.
Cell theory, bacteria, scientists names.

Walker Lesson Plan Template for ISA– Grade 7

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Instructor
Erika Mitkus

Notes/Lesso
n
Differentiati
on

Course Title
Honors
Biology

Lesson Date (time)
11-16-15

Unit
Unit 3 - Cells

Will give out guided notes to help non-auditory learners pick out
important information. Will be using visual aides and guides in
formative assessment.

Walker Lesson Plan Template for ISA– Grade 7

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