What Are Cells?

This What Are Cells? activity & project also includes:

What's in a cell, anyway? Kids read informational text on what makes up both animal and plant cells, including a page of vocabulary terms they will need to be familiar with (cytoplasm, ribosomes, vacuoles, etc.). Full-color images make these concepts much easier to comprehend. Learners create an "edible cell" out of various candies, collecting the necessary parts from stations around the room. They draw their finished cell, then turn in their worksheet to earn their reward: eating the cell! Find printable station signs, a worksheet, teacher notes, and great diagrams in this packet. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • As a followup, jigsaw the parts of a cell by creating a large cell diagram for your classroom wall. Start with just the outline of the cell. Groups can create their parts out of butcher paper to add to the cell, and will write what that part does. 
Classroom Considerations

  • Verify any allergies before starting this project, as food is exposed in the classroom
Pros

  • Everything you need is here; just make copies and go shopping for candy
Cons

  • Next period teachers may not appreciate the large quantities of sugar your students are consuming during this activity