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Cell Membrane Permeability—Student Laboratory Kits

By: The Flinn Staff

Cell Membrane Permeability Laboratory Kit for biology and life science provides a deeper understanding of how the cell membrane plays a vital role in regulating what goes into and out of the cell.

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Looking for a “Wow” from your students? The model organism Saccharomyces cerevisiae provides the drama in this study of the permeability of yeast cells and the function of the cell membrane. Using an indicator to observe which substances the cell membrane will allow, students discover that the cell membrane plays a vital role in regulating what goes into and out of the cell. The ability of substances to cross the phospholipid bilayer offers amazing visual evidence for facilitated diffusion and active versus passive transport. Kit includes reproducible student handouts, detailed background information, complete teacher notes with sample data and answers to all questions, and all chemicals and consumable supplies needed to perform the lab. Complete for 30 students working in pairs. Super Value Kit is complete for 5 classes of 30 students working in pairs.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Developing and using models
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function

Crosscutting Concepts

Structure and function
Cause and effect
Energy and matter
Systems and system models

Performance Expectations

HS-LS1-1: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins, which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells.
HS-LS1-2: Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.
MS-LS1-2: Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.
MS-LS1-3: Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.