Stem Cells 101

Education Services / L’équipe des services d’éducation
27 January 2012

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OVERVIEW

In this resource, students will learn about concepts related to stem cells, including the characteristics of stem cells, stem cell applications and stem cell research.

SUGGESTED TIMING:

3 x 20 minutes or 2 periods

CONTEXT

Stem cell research has the potential to help scientists understand a great many things, such as development, aging and disease. Eventually, scientists hope to be able to use stem cells to treat disease and injuries—what as known as regenerative medicine.

SUBJECTS/SKILLS

  • Subject Focus: Biology, Science, Health
  • 21st Century Skills Focus: Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication

KEY QUESTION

What is the purpose of stem cell research?

LEARNING GOALS

  • Become familiar with vocabulary related to stem cells and stem cell research
  • Gather and manage information about types and uses of stem cells
  • Assess and communicate the assessment of a video resource

LEARNING ACTIVITIES

Students will use a variety of learning strategies to become familiar with concepts related to stem cells, including the characteristics of stem cells, stem cell applications and stem cell research.

BIG IDEA

Stem cells (adult and embryonic) have the potential to be used for many purposes including research into development, toxicity and aging, as well as for regenerative medicine to replace damaged or diseased cells and tissues.

MINDS-ON: INTRODUCTION TO STEM CELLS

As an introduction to this lesson series, students will access and activate prior knowledge about the topic of stem cells using an Admit Slip Learning Strategy.

Suggested Timing: 10 minutes

MINDS-ON 2: VOCABULARY PREVIEW

Students will use a Vocabulary Preview learning strategy to preview, assess and categorize vocabulary that they will encounter in upcoming stem cell videos.

Suggested Timing: 20 minutes

ACTION: VIEW, STOP-WRITE & DISCUSS

Students will acquire and organize information from three stem cell videos using a View, Stop-Write & Discuss learning strategy.

Suggested Timing: 30 minutes

CONSOLIDATION: VIDEO REVIEW

In this final activity, students will consolidate their learning about stem cells by writing a video review using the Video Review learning strategy.

Suggested Timing: 30 minutes

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