Reviewing your students over animal cell organelles doesn’t have to be intimidating or overwhelming.
My students love this activity and I bet yours will too! Your students will be having fun and learning as they play the part of a student aide for Dr. D. Struction. Although brilliant, he has a terrible time remembering names. Your students correct his notes and change his ridiculous organelle names to the correct ones. This engaging activity makes the concept of animal cell organelles easy for you and fun for your students!
This worksheet works well as review after you’ve introduced the concept of organelles. However, I have used this worksheet as an introduction with my Pre-AP classes. I allow students to use their smart phones or Chromebooks to research the organelles, which seems to add a little challenge for my classes that tend to move faster.
This worksheet is a perfect way to engage students! I’ve found that my students really benefit from the activity, the QR codes, and crossword, especially around test time. This lesson incorporates various activities to engage multiple learning styles.
A full answer key for all pages is included along with teacher suggestions.
- 11 pages
- Two versions of a fun and engaging animal cell organelles worksheet. Versions include one worksheet with two QR codes that link to review videos and one without the QR codes.
Students play the part of student aide to Dr. D. Struction, who is terrible with names. Students must correct his mistakes naming the organelles. Definitions are correct, but organelle names are silly.
Organelles covered: ribosome, cytoplasm, lysosome, nucleus, vacuole, endoplasmic reticulum, centrioles, microtubules, mitochondria, golgi bodies, and the cell membrane.
- Three versions of an animal cell organelles crossword puzzle covering key vocabulary. Versions include two full page puzzles, one with a word bank and one without, and a half sheet version with two puzzles on one page. Perfect if you’re trying to conserve paper or reduce the number of copies you need!
- Full teacher keys
- Teacher suggestions for additional online resources to supplement the lesson.
HOW I’VE USED THE LESSON IN MY CLASSROOM
I use this worksheet as a key component of my cells unit and for further review of animal cell key vocabulary.
Approximately one to two class periods in length (as a point of reference, I teach a 50-minute class). I generally have my students complete the worksheet as classwork and I allow them to use their smartphones to research answers. If we have time I allow students to do the crossword puzzle as classwork. I like to use the half sheet crossword puzzle and add it to my students’ interactive notebooks. I find the definitions in the crossword puzzle to be very useful for review before test time. We generally complete all the activities and add the crossword puzzle to their interactive notebooks in two days. Created by Mister Science
FOR MY FELLOW TEXANS
I use this lesson to support the animal cell portions of:
Texas TEKS 7.12D “Organisms and environments. The student can differentiate between structure and function in plant and animal cell organelles, including cell membrane, cell wall, nucleus, cytoplasm, mitochondrion, chloroplast, and vacuoles.
However, this lesson would work well in any classroom that covers animal cells and their organelles.
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