Cell Organelle Scavenger Hunt
Use the links below and your worksheet to learn more about cellular organelles. Be sure that you answer all of the questions in your own words. You will use the completed scavenger hunt as a study aid for your organelle QUIZ.
1. Go to the University of Arizona's cell membrane tutorial site and do #1,2, and 14.
2. Go to Webcytology, a ThinkQuest website created by high school students in New York. This is a chapter on organelles in their guide. Read the sections entitled "Vacuoles...," "The cytoskeleton," and "Cilia ..." Then take the quizzes for each of these sections and write your answers and scores down.
3. Go to Biology Mad and click on the links as follows: AS Biology --> module 1 -->Microscopy, cells, diffusion, and membranes --> eukaryotic cell. Then use the diagrams and reading to compare and contrast how the genetic material is organized in a prokaryotic vs. eukaryotic cell. Include a sketch with your description (you can create a table if you wish).
4. Go to Molecular Expressions' plant and animal cell models. Use the plant model to answer Question A and the animal model to answer Questions B-C.
5. Go to NIGMS' online cell textbook "The fundamental unit of life" and read their biochemistry chapter. How do scientists separate cell parts to study them? Describe the steps of this process in your own words. Then read their chapter on ER. How are SER and RER different from each other? What are the main roles of each?
6. It's time for a little cellular transport review. Read the top section and the one immediately below it ("Osmoregulation"). Guess what words belong in the blank and then move your mouse over it to check. Write down the correct answers.
7. Look at chloroplasts with animations from Westminster Secondary School, Canada. Then answer these questions:
8. Go to Cellupedia: Cell anatomy, another ThinkQuest created by high school students. Read the section on the Golgi apparatus and describe its role, including a definition of cisternae.
9. Go to the Virtual cell webpage and read the section on lysosomes. Follow the instructions for cutting the lysosomes, etc. What is autolysis?
10. Look at Dr. Kimball's biology hypertextbook. Go to the section about the nucleus and read the portion on the nuclear pore complexes. What type of transport occurs here? Why do you think this is used instead of other kinds?
11. Check out ribosome structure and function at Texas A & M's National Toxins Research Center. Answer these questions:
12. Go to NCBI's Biology primer and read about mitochondria.
13. Read more about mitochondria at the University of Arkansas Medical Sciences' Cell biology topics.