Standard 6.1

Cell communication processes share common features that reflect a shared evolutionary history.

Performance indicators:

a. Describe basic chemical processes for cell communication shared across evolutionary lines of descent. [SP 7.2]
b. Generate scientific questions involving cell communication as it relates to the process of evolution. [SP 3.1]
c. Use representation(s) and appropriate models to describe features of a cell signaling pathway. [SP 1.4]

Class Activities:

Cell Communication POGIL

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Standard 6.2

Cells communicate with each other through direct contact with other cells or from a distance via chemical signaling.

Performance indicators:

a. Construct explanations of cell communication through cell-to-cell direct contact or through chemical signaling. [SP 6.2]
b. Create representation(s) that depict how cell-to-cell communication occurs by direct contact or from a distance through chemical signaling. [SP 1.1]

Class Activities:

none currently


Standard 6.3

Signal transduction pathways link signal reception with cellular response.

Performance indicators:

a. Describe a model that expresses the key elements of signal transduction pathways by which a signal is converted to a cellular response. [SP 1.5]

Class Activities:

Signal Transduction Pathways POGIL

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Standard 6.4

Changes in signal transduction pathways can alter cellular response.

Performance indicators:

a. Justify claims based on scientific evidence that changes in signal transduction pathways can alter cellular response. [SP 6.1]
b. Describe a model that expresses key elements to show how change in signal transduction can alter cellular response. [SP 1.5]
c. Construct an explanation of how certain drugs affect signal reception and, consequently, signal transduction pathways. [SP 6.2]

Class Activities:

Biochemistry and Cell Signaling Pathway of the MC1R Gene

from Biointeractive


Standard 6.5

Individuals can act on information and communicate it to others.

Performance indicators:

a. Analyze data that indicate how organisms exchange information in response to internal changes and external cues, and which can change behavior. [SP 5.1]
b. Create a representation that describes how organisms exchange information in response to internal changes and external cues, and which can result in changes in behavior. [SP 1.1]
c. Describe how organisms exchange information in response to internal changes or environmental cues. [SP 7.1]

Class Activities:

none currently


Standard 6.6

Animals have nervous systems that detect external and internal signals, transmit and integrate information, and produce responses. (EK3.E.2)

Performance indicators:

a. Construct an explanation, based on scientific theories and models, about how nervous systems detect external and internal signals, transmit and integrate information, and produce responses. [SP 6.2, 7.1]
b. Describe how nervous systems detect external and internal signals. [SP 1.2]
c. Describe how nervous systems transmit information. [SP 1.2]
d. Describe how the vertebrate brain integrates information to produce a response. [SP 1.2]
e. Create a visual representation of complex nervous systems to describe/explain how these systems detect external and internal signals, transmit and integrate information, and produce responses. [SP 1.1]
f. Create a visual representation to describe how nervous systems detect external and internal signals. [SP 1.1]
g. Create a visual representation to describe how nervous systems transmit information. [SP 1.1]
h. Create a visual representation to describe how the vertebrate brain integrates information to produce a response. [SP 1.1]

Class Activities:

Neuron Structure POGIL

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Neuron Function POGIL

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Brain Caps Activity

from Kim Foglia