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Eukaryotic and Prokaryotic Cell Comparison Lab

Students will examine different types of prepared and living cells to be able to differentiate between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells. To examine bacteria, students will create their own smears of yogurt, as well as examining preserved slides. To examine plant cells, they can examine slides of elodea, onion, and potato. For animal cells, they can simple scrape away a few of their own cheek cells.

Essential concepts: Animal cells, plant cells, eukaryotic, prokaryotic, organelles, nucleus, cell wall, cell membrane, microscope, magnification, bacteria, bacillus, spirilla, coccus.

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