Cell Biology Board Game: Cell Survival (School Version)

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Cells are the smallest units of life. The environment around cells is always changing. Cells need to adapt to survive. This curriculum linked game and lesson plan introduces the world of cells to pupils 8-13. But can they keep their cells alive?

This is a guide to how the cell survival resources can be used in a lesson and can be adapted as the teacher sees fit to do so. This lesson is aimed at 8-13 year olds, and fits into an hour long session. The Cell Survival Game has been adapted for both home use and for use in the classroom, and is accompanied by a series of videos.

Learning Outcomes

– Cells are the smallest unit of life
– There are many different types of cells, and some examples of cell types
– Cells experience many dangers, and some examples of dangers
– How cells notice and defend themselves against dangers

Links to the Curriculum

– Health and Wellbeing: I am developing my understanding of the human body
– Languages: I can find specific information in a straight forward text (book and instructions) to learn new things, I discover new words and phrases (relating to cells)
– Mathematics: I am developing a sense of size and amount (by using the dice), I am exploring number processes (addition and subtraction) and understand they represent quantities (steps to finish line), I am learning about measurements (cell sizes) and am exploring patterns (of cell defences against dangers)
– Science: I am learning about biodiversity (different types of microbes), body systems, cells and how they work.
– Technology: I am learning about new technologies (used to understand how cells work).
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