Cross-Curricular Connections

During my first semester of junior year, I have taken two science classes, which are AP Biology, and Anatomy. Anatomy and physiology is the study of the body structure and the functions of the body as a whole, mostly referring to the human body. AP biology is an advance study of life overall. Every now and then in one of the two classes, the teacher will talk or lecture about a subject that has already been mention or learned about from the other science class.

Both classes precede the subject in very similar ways. For instance I have learned the ways a cancer cell divide and spread throughout the whole body twice in one month. The topic of cancer is probably the most overlapped subject for both classes. In anatomy and AP biology, the website insidecancer.org was used to fully learn about cancer and its details. Both classes were required to fill out a worksheet corresponding to the website and at the same pace of one work day. Another overlapping subject was the process of cell division. Cell division was first thought in anatomy, then in AP biology. One advantage of the lectures in AP biology was that it taught me about mitosis and meiosis; in anatomy I’ve only learned about mitosis, but not meiosis. The classes still approached mitosis with identical ways by the use diagrams.

Cells are very important to the human life. While AP biology focused on the differences between Eukaryotes and Prokaryotes, and Animal and Plant cells, Anatomy focused more on blood cells and skin cells, cells that pertain to the human body. So the main overlap was the subject of animal cells. To observe cells, students needed to use proper equipment, like the microscope. To use the microscope students needed a day to learn and experiment with the usage of microscopes by using the naked eye through the eyepiece or by using the computer connected to the microscope. I have had two labs that required me to learn about the parts of the microscope and its proper function. When using a computer to look through the microscope, both classes had the use of the same program.

The “Lab days” for both classes needed googles when a risk of eye injury may occur. It is obvious that safety is the first and important priority as we go over the procedures in a cautious way. The anatomy labs tend to be a bit messier than the two so we sometimes are required to use latex free gloves. Lab reports are required only for AP biology while anatomy does not. The most prevalent subject that overlaps for both science classes that requires lab experiments involve cells being observed through a microscope.

What I learn for both classes can be related to today’s events. The gene silencing of apples creates longer lasting apples by altering the genes of the apple. This also corresponds with the recent activity in AP biology when the students learned about the new technologies that can alter human growth and manipulating life.

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