Apps on BCPS Devices

Teaching Cells the GPS Way

What a difference when you can make a lesson fun and engaging for students! At FMS, the 8th grade general science classes were learning about cells. Instead of sitting in class reviewing, the teacher gave up 2 days before the test to allow the students to use the GPS for a review. The students searched for 9 caches. Each cache had something inside that represented part of the cell, example-inside cache #2 were M&M's and a battery-this represented the Mitochondria-the energy unit of the cell. Inside cache #7 was a remote control-this represented the Nucleus-the control of the cell. While searching the students wrote down what was in each cache then the teacher reviewed with pictures of the caches-what the object was they found-what part of the cell it represented and the function of the cell part. Test the next day. I bet they all aced it!

3 comments:

Kim Larsen said...

I bet so, too, Lisa! How neat that the objects inside the caches were the students' mnemonic devices!

A Sharif-Clark said...

Lisa,

This is awesome. My mom was my 8th grade Science teacher and the visuals you shared brought those cell lessons back to me. Thanks so much for sharing a new and cool way to teach Biology!

Crystal Creasey said...

That is so cool. I think this would be very meaningful for the students. And what a way to learn about cells!