Multi and Single Celled Organisms

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Multi and Single Celled Organisms


  • S5L3 Students will diagram and label parts of various cells (plant, animal, single-celled, and multi-celled).

Essential Questions

  • How do single and multiple cells compare and contrast?

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Single-Celled Organisms

  • Amoebas, Algae, Plankton, and bacteria are single-celled organisms.
  • You need a microscope to see single-celled organisms.

Multi Celled Organisms

  • Living things made up of more than one cell are multi-celled organisms.
  • You are a multiple celled organism.
  • Can you think of any other multi-celled organisms?

Multi Celled Examples

  • Plants
  • Animals
  • Fungi

Single-celled organisms are made of only one cell. 

  • Single-celled organisms are made of only one cell. 
  • Multi-cellular organisms, such as plants and animals, have a higher degree of specialization where the cells work together and function to create a living organism. 
    • Example: a human – starts as a single cell. Then organize themselves into three groups called germ layers. One layer will form the skin and nerves, Another layer becomes the lining of the digestive tract. The third layer produces all other body parts.
  • Single-Celled BOTH Multi-Celled

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