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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Biology Level 1: Real Science 4 Kids Chapters 1 and 2

We are using Real Science 4 Kids Biology Level 1.   I plan to post a review of this science program.  For now, I am just posting some helpful You Tube videos to help with chapter experiments and gain a better understanding of the material. I will post two chapters at a time.

Chapter 1:  Living Creatures

An explanation to taxonomy

What are the 5 Kingdoms?

Chapter 2: Cells:  The Building Blocks of Life

Before you view the You Tube Videos for this chapter, take a look at this project.  I did this with my 6 and 8 yr old. They are using curriculum REAL science by Pandia Press 

  • Liquid looking stuff is plasma, which moves everything through your veins and arteries.
  • Little tiny circular discs are platelets. This is what helps you form a scab so your cut won't continue to bleed.
  • Those large white objects are white blood cells. We only have a one white blood cell for every 10,000 red blood cells in our body.
  • Lastly, the red doughnut shape without the middle missing, or indented circle, is our red blood cells.

What are Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic cells?


Older student?  
Here is a visual on Mitochondria
Together Harvard University and XVIVO developed this 3D animation journey for Harvard's undergraduate Molecular and Cellular Biology students about the microscopic world of mitochondria. The animation highlights the creation of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) -- mobile molecules which store chemical energy derived from the breakdown of carbon-based food. ATP molecules act as a kind of currency, imparting chemical energy to power all the functional components of cellular activity. This piece is the second in a series of award winning animations XVIVO is creating for Harvard's educational website BioVisions at Harvard. The first program, Inner Life of the Cell, received international acclaim and can be seen both on our website and the BioVisions site.

Here are a couple of videos on the cell.   The first is a news report giving background to the video.  The second is an indepth narrated video of the cell (it is a link to the video) and the last video is same as the second without the narration.  Enjoy!

ABC News Report of Inner Life of a Cell

The following link is an in-depth 8 minute video with narration of the life of a cell.

Video of the Inner Life of a Cell with music no narration.
Harvard University selected XVIVO to develop an animation that would take their cellular biology students on a journey through the microscopic world of a cell, illustrating mechanisms that allow a white blood cell to sense its surroundings and respond to an external stimulus. This award winning piece was the first topic in a series of animations XVIVO is creating for Harvard's educational website BioVisions at Harvard.

If you recommend any other resources that would help students and parents gain a better understanding of these two chapters, please leave a comment.  

Here are links to additional chapters: