Animal and Plant Cell Project: Students' Choice

Grade Levels
6th - 8th
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9 pages
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The animal and plant cell project allows student choice in demonstrating their understanding of the structure and function of cells and organelles. Students can create a model, song, social media profile, (and more), or project of their choice. Empower, engage, and support students in using what they've learned about cells to create a cell project.

This Resource is Great For:

  • Assessing NGSS- aligned life science content through a hands-on project
  • Helping all students feel empowered to demonstrate content knowledge
  • Student engagement &choice
  • An individual or group project
  • Classwork OR Homework
  • Kinesthetic learners, developing readers and writers, students learning English, and students with special needs.

What's Included:

  • Project Planning Student Packet: Keep students accountable for NGSS standards & project requirements
  • Product Presentation Scaffold that can be differentiated by removing for students who don’t need the extra support.
  • Digital Google Slides Version of the Student Packet (as a link in the PDF)
  • Editable Google Doc Rubric (as a link in the PDF)

Feel free to email me @ for questions and/or feedback. To access the Google slides digital version and editable rubric, please click on the link on the last page of the PDF. Check out my website for more information on teaching science to Multilingual Learners.

Total Pages
9 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6–8 texts and topics.
Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways the parts of cells contribute to the function. Emphasis is on the cell functioning as a whole system and the primary role of identified parts of the cell, specifically the nucleus, chloroplasts, mitochondria, cell membrane, and cell wall. Assessment of organelle structure/function relationships is limited to the cell wall and cell membrane. Assessment of the function of the other organelles is limited to their relationship to the whole cell. Assessment does not include the biochemical function of cells or cell parts.


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