Essential Learnings

The cell is the fundamental unit of structure and function in all living organisms
  1. Describes the structure and function of cells, explains how new cells are made, and describes that cells differentiate to perform specific functions:
    • Understands the three main components of the Cell Theory (the cell is the fundamental unit of structure and function in all living organisms, all living things are composed of one or more cells, all cells come from pre‐existing cells via cell division).
    • Describes the processes of mitotic cell division and how they relate to the cell cycle
    • Describes how cancer relates to the process of cell division
    • Describes the structure and functions of cellular organelles
    • Explains that cells differentiate to perform specific functions (example; stem cells, guard cells of the stomata)