How do Cells Work Together?

Lesson 2
How Do Cells Work Together?
 Objectives:
 You will know that living things are different, but share
similar structures.
 You will know that similar cells form different kinds of
How Do Cells Work Together?
 Questions:
 What are possible reasons why one cell might have a size
or shape different from that of another cell?
 Do all cells have the same job?
How Do Cells Work Together?
 Purpose:
 We are going to read about different cell shapes and
purposes as well as the special structures of some cells.
 We will recognize how the shape of a cell is important to
its job.
How Do Cells Work Together?
 Quick Summary
 Cells have specialized shapes and structures that help
them perform specialized functions.
 Nerve cells are long and branching.
 Red blood cells are rounded discs.
 Skin cells are flat.
 Some cells have different kinds of hair-like structures
that do different jobs.
How Do Cells Work Together?
 Questions
 What are cilia and what do they do?
 What type of cell is responsible for communicating
signals between the brain and other parts of the body?
 How does the shape of a skin cell help it do its job?
 Suppose red blood cells were sphere-shaped rather than
saucer-shaped. What effect might this shape have on the
cell's ability to carry oxygen through the body?
How Do Cells Work Together?
 Objective
 You will understands how similar cells are organized to
form structures (for example, tissue, organs) in plants
and animals.
How Do Cells Work Together?
 Quick Summary
 Cells work together to form tissues.
 Muscles, bones, and nerves are all specific tissues.
 Tissues can work together to form an organ, which
performs a main job for the body.
 Your skin has multiple tissues that work together.
 Skin is the largest organ in your body. It protects your
internal organs, keeps out germs, and prevents great
water loss.
How Do Cells Work Together?
 Questions
 How does a nerve cell’s shape and structure help it do its job?
 How is a tissue like a team?
 Why is it an advantage to have dead cells on the surface of the
 What is the name of the dead tissue that helps hold warm air
near your body?
 How does cell organization help tissues and organs function
better? Antiperspirant stops the release of sweat from sweat
glands. What effect does this have on cells and
the body?
How Do Cells Work Together?
 Independent Work
 Write a description of skin tissue as pictured on page 45
 What causes goose bumps?

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