To Design Instruction, Option D:
Cell Comparisons (Grades 6-8)

Estimated Time: 6-8 hours.

Overview: Participants engage in a lesson designed around the following benchmark:

5C Cells(6-8)#1
All living things are composed of cells, from just one to many millions, whose details usually are visible only through a microscope. Different body tissues and organs are made up of different kinds of cells. The cells in similar tissues and organs in other animals are similar to those in human beings but differ somewhat from cells found in plants.
Participants study the benchmark in depth and then analyze how effectively the lesson’s content and pedagogy would contribute to students’ understanding the benchmark. Next, they use a Project 2061 design procedure to design a new lesson on a topic of their choice, and finally, if time permits, they reflect on the design procedure they have used. Throughout, they study and discuss relevant parts of SFAA and Benchmarks.

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