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Photomicrographs for Vol 2, B-14

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      B-14 recommends Googling photomicrographs of animal/plant tissues, but I’m totally overwhelmed by the results. As a nonbiologist, I can’t decode all the photos I’m finding from research projects, can’t tell the species or body/plant part they come from. It’s really hard to compare species and parts when all the labels are Latin and complex. When I try refining my search for kids/ teaching/ lessons, I get a lot of boring “anatomy of a cell” which I was educated with and the book wisely warns against (this may be why I’m not a biologist, LOL!). But I can’t find any simple comparisons. Any specifics videos or websites you can recommend? We got the library books recommended, but they are also really jargon heavy. Thank you!

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      Bernard Nebel

      Thank you for your question, Amy. Sorry to be so long in getting to it.

      To start, please don’t make this more complex that it is. The key point of the lesson is to have kids observe that whatever biological tissue we look at, we find that it is comprised small units we call cells. Cells are too small to be seen with the naked eye. The images they are going to examine are made with aid a microscope.

      Start with plant tissues where cells are most conspicuous. Google in turn:

      Plant leaf cellular anatomy images
      Plant root cellular anatomy images
      Plant stem cellular anatomy images

      Ignore all technical terminology; species makes no difference at all. With each sort of image, draw your kids to focus on the individual units, cells. Have them follow/trace the outlines of cells and model how they are actually three-dimensional structures. They may be shaped like boxes, sausages, pancakes, or otherwise, but whatever their shape(s), they go together to make the particular part of the whole.

      You may go on to observe the cellular structure of animal tissues in the same manner. Google in turn:
      Skin cellular anatomy images
      Muscle cellular anatomy images
      ________ (insert tissue/organ as your kids desire) cellular anatomy images

      You might insert the discovery that all biological tissues are comprised of cells is one of the most profound breakthroughs in the history of biology. That discovery had to wait for the invention of the microscope.

      The second part of the lesson.
      After the discovery that every biological tissue examined is comprised of cells, the next question was: Where do those cells come from. Untold research and observation has revealed that only origin of a cell is from a pre-existing cell via a process of cell division. The key point is this. All growth and reproduction of biological organisms hinges on the division of one or more pre-existing cells. Following their formation via division, a cell may go on to grow and take on the size, shape, and function of the tissue in which it resides. Have kids observe a time laps video of cell division. You can ignore all technical terminology. The key point at this stage is that the origin of every cell in an organism is from another pre-existing cell.

      You and you kids undoubtedly have further questions. Please do not hesitate to post them. I will try to respond in a more timely manner.

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