This week a new teacher asked if educators on national science listserv knew of engaging strategies in cell biology, in particular activities centered on learning about the structure of a cell. There weren't many responses but one educator shared an animated video, the Inner Life of a Cell, that is really nice.
The cell video was produced by Harvard's BioVisions lab. It is a high quality production with a sound track, colorful animations, and some really bizarre cellular activity that incites a lot of questions like "How does it do that?" "What is that?" "Where does that come from?" Teachers can use the cell video to kick off the inquiry process in cell biology, and perhaps the kids could cap the activity off with their own cellular video, performance skit, or cartoon!