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Investigating Cell Communication Kit (with perishables)

Item # 173610P New Online Only This product is not available in our print catalog. Exclusive This product is exclusive to Carolina Biological Supply. With Digital This kit includes 1-year access to digital resources including videos, digital teacher’s manuals, printable student guides, interactive lessons, editable assessment questions, and more.

Product Highlights

  • Use a model and carry out an investigation to gather evidence that single-celled organisms communicate.
  • High school laboratory investigation with enough materials for 8 lab groups.
  • Carolina Kits 3D®—Labs that use phenomena to support NGSS and 3-dimensional instruction.
  • Kit includes perishable materials for immediate use.

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Students perform a foundational experiment to demonstrate cell communication in yeast reproduction. They study the yeast life cycle and observe yeast morphology to determine if and how cells communicate. They design an experiment using different mating types of yeasts, culturing techniques, and microscopy to provide evidence that single-celled organisms communicate. Kit includes enough materials for 1 class of students working cooperatively in 8 groups.

Note: Kit includes perishable materials for immediate use.

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Science and Engineering Practices
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Developing and Using Models

Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS1.A: Structure and Function

  • Organisms reproduce, either sexually, or asexually, and transfer their genetic information to their offspring.
LS2.D: Interactions and Group Behavior
  • Group behavior has evolved because membership can increase the chances of survival for individuals and their genetic relatives.

Crosscutting Concepts
Cause and Effect

  • Empirical evidence is required to differentiate between cause and correlation and make claims about specific causes and effects.

Learning Objectives

  • Study a yeast life cycle model and brainstorm methods by which yeast cells might communicate to initiate shmoo formation.
  • Create and observe wet-mount slides of a-type culture, alpha-type culture, and mixed culture with tallies of single haploid cells, budding haploid cells, and shmoos.
  • Use findings from the wet-mount observations to create a testable question about cell communication in yeast.
  • Design and conduct an experiment to look for evidence that single-celled organisms communicate.

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Students should have a general understanding of the characteristics and benefits of asexual and sexual reproduction, knowledge of what haploid and diploid cells are and their significance in asexual and sexual reproduction, and know how to prepare wet-mount slides and use a compound microscope.

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  • This item contains living or perishable material and ships via 2nd Day or Overnight delivery to arrive on a date you specify during Checkout. To ensure freshness during shipping, a Living Materials Fee may apply to orders containing these items.
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Components Qty Included?
S. cerevisiae Culture 1  1 Included
S. cerevisiae Culture 2  1 Included
Toothpicks, Sterile 750 Included
Culture Tubes 50 Included
Transfer Pipets 100 Included
YED Agar Medium, 350 mL 2 Included
YED Broth Medium, 100 mL 2 Included
Sterile Water, 20 mL 2 Included
Petri Dishes 20 Included
Coverslips 100 Included
Blank Microscope Slides 72 Included
Cotton Applicators, Sterile 40 Included
Autoclavable Disposal Bag with Twist Tie 1 Included
Carolina Science Online® Resources (1-year subscription) 1 Included
Teacher's Manual with Reproducible Student Guide 1 Included
Permanent Marker Needed, Not Included
Compound Microscope with 40x Objective Lens Needed, Not Included
Forceps Needed, Not Included
Incubator (optional) Needed, Not Included
Bags for Yeast-Contaminated Material Disposal at Stations Needed, Not Included