Plant and Animal Cells

Incorporate multiple facets of the cell into your next high school lab! Through an introduction to cell organelles, class members observe each cell type and draw visuals to further demonstrate understanding of cellular processes in both plant and animal cells. During the experiment, classmates discuss their findings in a collaborative environment. This is the first installment of an eight-part series.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have student groups create a comic strip about the cell, or compose a skit and include the cell as the main character
  • Use charades or Pictionary to study functions of the cellular components 
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires previous knowledge of cells—both plant and animal
  • Assumes pupils have prior knowledge of basic cell structure and microscope usage
  • This is the first installment of an eight-part series
Pros

  • Provides several ways for differentiating learning
  • Allows for easy cleanup
Cons

  • None