Lesson Plan: Active Transport Biology

This lesson plan includes the objectives and prerequisites of the lesson teaching students how to describe different examples of active transport processes that occur across the cell membrane.


Students will be able to

  • recall that active transport is a process that requires energy to move substances across a cell membrane,
  • outline the role of carrier proteins in the active transport of substances,
  • describe the active transport of molecules and ions across membranes, including the sodium–potassium pump and the sodium–glucose cotransporter in the ileum,
  • describe exocytosis and endocytosis as ATP-consuming bulk transport processes that enable large molecules to cross the plasma membrane.


Students should already be familiar with

  • diffusion and osmosis as passive processes,
  • the structure of cell membranes,
  • ATP as an energy-carrying molecule.

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