Cellular Dance

Cells communicate with one another using a chemical language that involves large molecules called proteins. Proteins are molecular bodies that are capable of motion, which requires energy, uses space, and takes time. Body, motion, energy, space and time are also the elements required for dance. In this lesson, students can explore protein signal transduction by choreographing their own cellular dance.

 

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the four parts common to all cells;
  • Apply the elements of dance to cellular communication;
  • Choreography a cellular dance;
  • Define cancer;
  • Compare and contrast cancerous and healthy cells.

 

Materials

What are Cells? close read

The Human Cell animation

Cancer Formation animation

What is Cancer? close read

The Cellular Dance (teacher's notes)

 

Time Required

4 x 45 minute class periods

 

Pacing Guide

Day 1: What are Cells?

20-25 minutes

What are Cells? close read

20-25 minutes

Observing Different Types of Cells

 

Day 2: The Cellular Dance

10-15 minutes

The Human Cell

25-30 minutes

Exploring the Elements of Dance

 

Day 3: Cellular Communication

25-30 minutes

What is Cancer? close read

10-15 minutes

Cancer Formation

 

Day 4: The Case of the Ballerina's Bump

10-15 minutes

Part 1: Tired at the Recital

10-15 minutes

Part 2: A Visit to the Pediatrician

10-15 minutes

Part 3: The Diagnosis