Mr. Matthew Blennau » Unit 2 Cell Processes

Unit 2 Cell Processes

A. Distinguish between and give examples of between cells, tissues, organs and organ systems
B.State the three parts to the cell theory.
C. Use cell diagrams to assist in explaining the similarities and differences between organelles found in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, and describe all cell organelle functions

D. Describe three structures that are unique to plant cells, and why plant cells need each of these structures
  • Class Resources / Just for Fun:
    • Animation: The inner life of a cell - Awesome! (Harvard) See an animation of how the organelles actually work!
    • Video Clips:  Protein Synthesis
    • Song:  Cell Rap
    • Song: The Cell Song
    • GameThe Incredible Megacell (Nobel Prize)The quicker you select and shoot the correct organelle, the more points you will score. If you're really quick you could end up on the all-time high score list! For instructions on how to play the game, click on the HELP button found at the bottom of the game window


A. Describe the structure and function of each part of the cell membrane and label each part in a diagram: phospholipid, carbohydrate chain, integral proteins, peripheral proteins, cholesterol
B. Explain why the cell membrane can be described as both a fluid mosaic model and a semipermeable structure
  • Notes: Review your PearDeck TakeAways in Google Drive
    • Book Reading: Modern Biology  4-2 Parts of the Eukaryotic Cell (pages 73-75 only – Cell Membrane Section)
    • Video Clip: Bozeman Biology Cell membranes (YouTube 11:03)
  • Review and Practice:
  • Class Resources / Just for Fun:
    • SongCell Membrane Song
    • Game! Cell Defense: The Plasma Membrane Game ( Doctor Earnest Lee Vial has come up with a vile weapon that he is using to destroy cell membranes (aka plasma membranes)! As you know, ALL living cells depend on the plasma membrane to regulate what comes into and out of the cell. Without the plasma membrane, the cells of living things everywhere will be unable to maintain homeostasis and will DIE! All life everywhere depends on YOU and what you find out about plasma membrane structure and function! Good luck!)
    • Cell Membranes Problem Set  (Biology Project). Read and select Problem 1 at the bottom. Work through problems. VERY comprehensive. Will teach you if you get it wrong. ONLY do #'s 1,2,4,6,7,14 and 16.


A. Given a scenario, predict the occurrence of diffusion and compare observations to predictions in a lab setting
B. Apply the terms hypertonic, hypotonic and isotonic to examples of osmosis in a cell
C. Using labeled diagrams, predict the direction of osmosis and the resulting effects on animal and plant cells.
D. Explain the concept of passive transport and distinguish between the three types


A. Define active transport and relate it to the processes of endocytosis and exocytosis
B. Compare facilitated diffusion to protein pumps
C. Distinguish between passive and active transport, both in words and using diagrams.

A. Demonstrate correct usage of compound light microscopes (on scanning, low and high power), as well as correct usage of stereomicroscopes