Surfing the Net with Kids: Cell Biology

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July 13, 2001

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Cells are the Lego’s of all living things. Everything living is built from cells. Some organisms (such as amoeba and bacteria) consist of only one cell. At the other end of the scale, our bodies have more than ten trillion cells. Yet all cells, whether they are plant or animal, have many similarities. Want to know what you have in common with a dandelion? Follow me.

BrainPOP: Cells & Body Basics


“What is the process by which water flows through cells? A: hydrorefusion B: osmosis C: pinocytosis” This fun page explaining cells is just one of dozens that BrainPOP offers on science, technology and health — and I’ve recommended them frequently over the years. BrainPOP Cells features a Flash movie, followed by a quiz and a few printable activities. As for the answer to the quiz question, you’ll just have to log on, watch the movie, and take the self-grading quiz yourself.

Cells Alive!


The best clicks for high-school students (and adults) are found on the left-hand menu starting with Plant Cells, Animal Cells and Mitosis. Each chapter includes a dozen sub-topics (such as nucleus and cell membrane) that are covered with their own illustrated page. Additional highlights of the site are the amazing photographs found in Cell Cams, Cell Gallery and on free e-postcards to send to friends from your biology class. Think you know your stuff? Try the three tough quizzes on Cell Structure, Microbes and The Immune System.

Cells R Us


Starting with the union of two special cells (“Once upon a time, before you were born, two cells collided, one big, one small.”) Cells R Us tells the story of the “building blocks of life” in an online slide show. Topics defined and introduced include cells, DNA and chromosomes. Cells R Us was created by Imperial Cancer Research Fund (of London, England) for upper elementary grades.

I Can Do That: Cells


Created specifically to encourage upper elementary and middle-school students to delve into science, I Can Do That explains plant and animal cells with a cartoon-like approach. “I’m Chloe the chloroplast. I’m a part of a plant cell. My job is to turn sunlight into sugar! Isn’t that a grand job? Plant cells, and animal cells for that matter, are pretty sophisticated.” Additional topics include DNA, synthesis and cloning. Some students might find the comic book approach annoying, while others will love it. Cells


The imaginary Kapili Islands are home to a variety of research labs which produce the wonderfully educational Their site on cells is my pick of the day! Great illustrations and a breezy writing style make this site a winner for middle and high school students as well as us older learners. After cells, check out the Topic List for more biology (biochemistry and ecology,) physics, chemistry and astronomy.

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