Unit #1: Observing the Diversity in Life

Here are useful resources related to our first unit, "Observing the Diversity in Life"


Unit #1 Cornell Notes

At the bottom of this page is a PDF containing all the important Cornell notes that can help prepare students for both the quiz and the summative assessment project,


Unit #1 Assessment: Cell Ethics Socratic Seminar and Reflection

The link below leads to a Google Drive Folder that contains important information about our first assessment. Inside are the following:

  • The GRASPS info sheet describing the assessment
  • The two MYP rubrics being used to assess
  • The article about stem cells and the controversy in researching them
  • An article with different perspectives about stem cell research

Link: https://tinyurl.com/Unit-1Assessment-KT


Helpful Videos and Other Resources

Scientific Explanations and Observation vs. Inference

Observation vs. Inference: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D-5HCOUGDdg


What is Life

Biotic vs. Abiotic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBypB0lSimI

Characteristics of Life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30qOijVBS7o

Characteristics of Life, Levels of Organization: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQPVXrV0GNA


Cell Basics, Plant vs. Animal Cells

Bill Nye- Cells: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bDpYZsC8mQ

Plant vs. Animal Cells, Organelles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nBtY6LR030

Animal Cell Organelles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nR-lsNDVhcY

Cell Diversity

Specialized Cells in the Human Body: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNe6RuK0FfA

How Cells Become Specialized: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3g26p9Mh_k


Cell Ethics

Stem Cell Basics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9db44fBrWrE   or