Reading: Rise of the Yeast Cells
Duration: Approximately 50 minutes
Learn more about the cell biology of single-celled organisms—and of bread baking!—in this whimsical comic. The four-page explainer shows yeast cells getting energy, obtaining building materials, disposing of waste, and storing and following inheritable instructions. And they also crack jokes.
Learn any cell's four essential functions: storing and passing on operating instructions; getting energy; obtaining building materials; disposing of waste.
NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas: All living things are made up of cells, which is the smallest unit that can be said to be alive. An organism may consist of one single cell (unicellular) or many different numbers and types of cells (multicellular). (MS-LS1-1) Within cells, special structures are responsible for particular functions, and the cell membrane forms the boundary that controls what enters and leaves the cell. (MS-LS1-2) Within individual organisms, food moves through a series of chemical reactions in which it is broken down and rearranged to form new molecules, to support growth, or to release energy. (MS-LS1-7) Cellular respiration in plants and animals involve chemical reactions with oxygen that release stored energy. In these processes, complex molecules containing carbon react with oxygen to produce carbon dioxide and other materials. (secondary to MS-LS1-7)
- This is a four-page comic. It can be read on-screen or printed as two double-sided, stapled sheets or on folded legal-sized sheets of paper that get folded after printing double-sided.
- This lesson plan assumes students have been introduced to cells and the idea that they have various components that play special roles within them.