Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Biology - Life Processes, Cells, Amoeba

I am working from a book called Science KS3 Classbook by Terry Hudson.  It includes Biology, Chemistry and Physics. 

This first topic in the book is similar to what I did last year:

MRS NERG - 7 Life processes

Sensitivity to environment

Animal and plant cell diagrams

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Cell Organelles
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Differences between these two types of cells.

Animal Cell and Plant Cell Structures.

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To read about amoeba - have a look at this site:

Then we looked at how an Amoeba would carry out each of the 7 life processes.

M- move by flowing of cytoplasm over the surface i.e mud, soil.      
   - pseudopods - changing the shape of their body.
R-"breathes" using a porous cell membrane (oxygen in - carbon dioxide out)
S-  no special sense organs.
  - changes in outside world detected by all parts of living material
  - limited sensitivity e.g. moves away from light, but it has no photodetectors or eyes
N- food is engulfed by pseudopods (False foot) - forms a food vacuole.    
   - eat algae, bacteria, other protozoans, tiny particles of dead plant / animal matter
E- ingestion and egestion can take place at any point on the surface
   - no ‘mouth’ or ‘anus’.
R- a parent cell divides (Nucleus + cytoplasm divide)
   = two smaller daughter cells i.e. asexually by binary fission
G- grows from nutrition - digesting food.

Other links:  

(Oracle Think Quest - Projects by Students for Students)
Biology Teaching Resources  

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