The Outbreak

Cells to Organisms
amoebic dysentery; cell theory, microscopic unicellular organisms
90 minutes (6 15-minute lessons)

There's a mysterious illness sweeping the Tyto Academy campus! Players bust out their microscopes to help Nurse Marysol get to the bottom of the sickness. Could a single-celled organism be behind this outbreak?

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Standards Covered

MS-LS1-1. Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

Anchoring Phenomena & Topics Covered

amoebic dysentery; cell theory, microscopic unicellular organisms

Real World Connections

This Storyline encourages problem-solving and critical thinking, reinforces good experimental design, and makes real world connections to disease control and civil engineering.

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A Cellular Attack

Several students attended a party last night and had some snacks while there. The next morning, they awoke with painful stomach cramps and diarrhea! Students perform interviews with the affected students to pinpoint the culprit behind their shared illness.

Something In The Water

It's clear that no one intended to harm the students, so how did tainted ingredients wind up in some of the party food? Students use a microscope to figure out just what kind of single-celled ne'er-do-well is behind the outbreak so that they can launch an investigation into the true source of the illness.

A Clinic Understaffed

Students then examine the setting where the Lemonade was created, and figure out that the water supply from the home-made rigged setup was not safe and had amoebas!

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