Unit Essential Questions:
Why does life need an inside and an outside? How does life keep things the same by creating a difference?

Unit Handouts

Addiction Research

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Amazing Cells - Watch how body cell communicate

Inquiry Lab

We use this to Grade your labs

Download this template to help you organize your writing (leave the headings and fill in the story of your work).
You can create graphs in Excell or Word, but if you want an online tool to help you visit this link

Below is an example of A level work!

Biology of Drugs -

The Haiku Challenge

Haiku is a type of Japanese poetry. Haiku are short poems that usually describe nature and a fleeting moment in time.
an old pond—
the sound of a frog jumping
into water

Haiku often have a total of 17 syllables and usually have three lines:

1 The first line has five syllables,

2 The second line has seven syllables,

3 The third line has five syllables.

The first two lines of a Haiku are brief observations about the subject of the poem. There is an obvious pause either after line 1 or 2. Then, in the final line, the perspective or voice of the poem shifts, and a comment about the essence of the topic is offered, a point is made, and the heart of the reader is touched.

Haiku, a poem,
Five, seven, five syllables.
Life frozen in words.

Writing haiku is a powerful way of focusing on a concept and it’s meaning, using words to create images or to tell very brief stories. Students all over the world, from preschools in Japan to MIT graduate students use it as a learning tool.

Watch the videos about cell communication / membrane transport below.
Then choose one to write a Haiku about.
Use the checklist below to guide you. Write your Haiku in Word, and then paste your Haiku to the page for the video you chose. Be sure your Haiku is in color and signed with your first name, last initial, and class period.
1. Is the Haiku 3 lines?
2. Does the Haiku contain 5 syllables in the first line?
3. Does the Haiku have 7 syllables in the second line?
4. Does the Haiku have 5 syllables in the third line?
5. Is the biological subject obvious?
6. Does the Haiku contain a pause after the first or second line?
7. Does the Haiku bring to mind an image and is not merely a statement of fact?
8. Does the Haiku involve humor or irony (as the best Haiku poems will)?

Nerve Cells
- use active transport, passive transport, endocytosis, and exocytosis when sending a signal.

Lets break down each of these...

Passive Transport

Click Here to Contribute a Passive Transport Haiku

Active Transport

(the second video goes into detail about sodium and potassium in nerve and muscle cells)

Click Here to Contribute an Active Transport Haiku

Endocytosis & Exocytosis

Click Here to Contribute an Endocytosis or Exocytosis Haiku


Click Here to Contribute an Osmosis Haiku

The Flu Virus
Cell communication at work