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Introduce your learners to cells and organelles with this resource. This series of handouts and images asks young scientists to read short informational paragraphs, answer identification questions, and color and label diagrams of an animal cell and a plant cell. This is a complete resource that could be given as a packet. It also includes a graphic organizer in which class members can demonstrate their knowledge of the different organelles. Color cell diagrams are included on the last page.
Though it isn't a novel activity to prepare onion cell and Elodea plant cell slides as examples of cells in a microbiology unit, this resource will leave you thoroughly prepared. As pupils examine the slides that they prepare, they draw what they see. The lesson is part of a larger comprehensive unit on microbes that you will definitely want to consider.
Students investigate parts of a cell. In this plant cell lesson, students determine the difference between plant and animal cells. Students discover that coral is an animal based on cell characteristics. Students create puppets to represent cell parts.
Students examine animal and plant cells using a microscope and participate in a class discussion about the functions of the organelles. In this biology lesson, students use microscopes and videos to better understand the functions of specialized cells.
New! 3-D Cell Model
Life science laureates choose a plant or animal cell to construct a model of as an at-home project. This handout provides guidelines, suggested materials, and a grading rubric for their reference. A full-page letter to parents is also part of this document, which can be used to emphasize the importance of the project. Be aware that there are several elements that must be personalized to use this document, including your name and e-mail address, due dates, etc.
Tenth graders are introduced to the cell and some of its parts. Through the use of video, 10th graders see animal and plants cells and their parts. They learn terms used to explain the cell.
Eighth graders draw and label the organelles in a plant and an animal cell. They use the drawing tools in Microsoft word and follow links from the internet to complete a table of the organelles and their functions. They complete a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast plant cells and animal cells.
Fourth graders make a comparison list between animal cells and plant cells. In this animal and plant cells lesson plan, 4th graders predict, research, make a list, and discuss their findings.
An introduction and general requirements for creating a model of a plant or animal cell are provided for basic biology learners. It includes a list of which organelles must be crafted as well as a parent signature tear-off and an empty table for students to write down each organelle that they include, along with its function.
High schoolers observe the similarities and differences between plant and animal cells. In this cell activity, students use microscopes to observe self prepared slides of animal and plant cells.
Students work with whole plant material and are not required to measure small quantities, yet they can see evidence of transformed plant cells (plant cells that have genes from bacterial plasmids). This is a laboratory suitable for students who are familiar with the basic principles of plant cell structure, tissue culture, sterile technique, and cell transformation (bacterial infection, plasmid vectors, marker genes, selection medium, and enzyme activity assays).
Eighth graders, after creating a Venn Diagram comparing/contrasting animal and plant cells, writing ten similes describing cell types, or drawing a colored diagram of a cell, list cell types as well as describe and label cell parts. They incorporate their do-now books as they study all about cells.
Does salt water affect a plant cell differently than fresh water? High schoolers will work together to answer this question through a series of observations of macroscopic and microscopic observations. The investigations are straightforward and easy to follow, and they also lend themselves well to a full lab write up.
Pupils microscopically observe various subcellular components. They determine the effects of different salt solutions on Elodea plant cells. Students explain the major function of a cell membrane and describe its structure.
Students differentiate between plant and animal cells. They identify the structures central to plant cells. They complete a Venn Diagram listing the differences between animal and plant cells.
In this plant instructional activity, learners define each part of the plant cell. They color and label the cell drawing and write a short answer to 1 question about it.
Students create model cells using gelatin, toothpicks, and various fruits to represent organelles. Then, students observe their models and complete a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting plant and animal cells.
Third graders, in groups, make a model of a plant or animal cells and represent each of the organelles in the cell.
Investigate the parts and functions of animal and plant cells. Observe slides on which different types of cells are displayed and answer questions on a related worksheet. Construct a cell model using household items such as pasta and marbles. Detailed instructions are included.
In this building your own cell worksheet, students identify cell vocabulary and facts, and create posters of a labeled plant cell and an animal cell. In this fill-n-the-blank and posters worksheet, students provide twenty-three answers.