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Differentiation of Cells Experiment Kit

Kit #63

Cell Differentiation is a process by which development of a living organism is achieved. Through a series of progressive changes, a generalized cell transforms into a specialized cell. The more specialized the cell becomes; the less likely it is to divide. After the seeds germinate, students prepare slides, then watch living material differentiate before their eyes. They will also observe generalized cellular divisions in meristematic root cap tissue and isolate specialized cells. In the final activity, students diagram and label the differentiated cells. This experiment can also be used for independent student investigation.

Details at a Glance

  • 1 Day | 1 ~50 minute class period
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates 3 classes, each with 15 groups of 2 students
  • Consumables service 90 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy

Scientific Concepts

•Observe differentiation of cells
•Prepare slides use microscopes
•Isolate specialized cells
•Observe generalized cellular divisions in root tip tissue

Guides & Student Sheets

Our kits and modules provide you with everything you need so you can open, review, and teach the material confidently the next day.

  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 30 microscope slides
  • 30 cover slips
  • 30 single edge razor blades
  • 12 germinating papers
  • 3 two-section clear plastic petri dishes
  • 2 drop controlled bottles of Balanced salt solution
  • 1 vial of grass seed
  • 1 vial of petrolatum
  • 1 package of plastic picks
  • 30 Student Worksheets and Guides
  • 1 Teacher’s Guide with MSDS
  • Not included and needed for instruction: Microscopes.