This webquest covers the following New York State Curriculum Standards:

· New York State Science (5-8) Core Curriculum Standards:  Standard 4-The Living Environment

·  Key Idea 1:  Living things are both similar and different from each other and from nonliving things.

·  Performance Indicator 1.1:  Compare and contrast the parts of plants, animals, and one-celled organisms

·  Major Understandings:  (a) Living things are composed of cells.  Cells provide structure and carry on major functions to sustain life.  Cells are usually microscopic in size. (b) The way in which cells function is similar in all living things.  Cells grow and divide, producing more cells.  Cells take in nutrients, which they use to provide energy for the work that cells do and to make the materials that a cell or an organism needs. (c) Most cells have cell membranes, genetic material, and cytoplasm.  Some cells have a cell wall and/or chloroplasts.  Many cells have a nucleus. (d) Some organisms are single cells; others, including humans are multi-cellular. (e) Cells are organized for more effective functioning in multi-cellular organisms.  Levels of organization for structure and function of a multi-cellular organism include cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.

By the conclusion of the webquest students will be able to: