“Students enjoyed it – it gave a good overview of cell specialisation."
An interactive stem cell lesson introducing key concepts in stem cell science to young students. The lesson is intended to be flexible and is made up of a set of short modules, mixing group activities with presentation and facilitator-led discussion.
Assumes students know the body is made up of cells, and that blood contains red and white blood cells.
Discover stem cells is an easy-to-use lesson packed with games and group activities to engage young students with fundamental ideas in stem cell science. A PowerPoint presentation provides the core structure for the session, but the session is broken up into small modules with regular opportunities for students to explore concepts for themselves. This lesson includes the popular card game, Cell Families.
By the end of the session, students will:
Download the PowerPoint slides and the pdf file called 'Lesson plan and print resources'. You then have everything you need for the lesson and its activites. The lesson plan gives a handy overview of the session and includes a checklist of the materials contained in the pdf that you need to print in advance. For detailed step-by-step guidance on delivering all aspects of Discover stem cells, see the facilitators notes in the PowerPoint presentation.
You can now order a print pack of Cell Families cards to use either as part of this lesson or as a stand-alone quick activity. Up to four players compete to collect families of cells, made up of one stem cell and three specialised cells it can produce. A great way to introduce tissue and embyronic stem cells, their roles and properties.
|Lesson plan and print resources (pdf)||1.88 MB|
|PowerPoint slides with facilitator notes for WINDOWS (ppt)||5.82 MB|
|PowerPoint slides with facilitator notes FOR MAC (ppt)||6.12 MB|
|Optional download - blood stem cell movie clip (mpg)||17.68 MB|
|Optional download - blood stem cell movie clip (wmv)||14.29 MB|
|Editable version - Stem cell decisions student sheet (doc)||1.21 MB|
|Editable version - Cell families cards (ppt)||3.9 MB|
|Editable version - Cell families student sheet (doc)||344 KB|
|Editable version - Leave-behind student sheet (doc)||360.5 KB|
Discover stem cells was created and developed by Ian Chambers and Emma Kemp, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, University of Edinburgh. Important contributions, advice and opportunities to pilot the activities were provided by many colleagues, teachers and students and are detailed within the lesson plan. Particular thanks to Shona Reid of the James Young High School, Livingston, Scotland.Image credits are included within the resources where the images appear.
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