by Joanne Robinson-Kucera, Orange Cove High School

The structure of the cell membrane dictates its function. This WebQuest helps students relate the structure of the cell membrane to its function.

Teacher Introduction

An essential element of learning about life processes is learning how molecular structure influences function.  California biology students must gain an understanding of the cell membrane as a gateway to understanding the functioning of cells.  Interactive websites that provide animations of the cell membrane structure and functions serve to augment direct instruction about the cell membrane.  Students should have a basic knowledge of cell membrane vocabulary and structure before using this WebQuest.  Students are required to participate in interactive activities online, draw a cell membrane, write a paragraph, and answer questions in complete sentences.