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Build a Cell Model

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This is a hands-on-activity that allows students to build a cell and practice identity the structure and function of cell organelles. This activity is also an assessment with a rubric. This activity take two to three days for students to complete.

Objective: Students will identify and draw the structure and function of organelles found within a cell.

2 pieces of construction paper Crayons/ colored pencils
After completed drawing: scissors, stapler, newspaper, and string
1. Select the type of cell you will be making, a plant cell or an animal cell.
2. Using the materials above, you will create a 3-dimensional model of a cell. (Be creative!)
3. On your model, you will create a front and back using a whole sheet of paper each. *Making a back and front can be tricky!- Be sure that before you start working on the back that all cell parts/organelles will remain on the outside of the finished model and make sure that all the outside edges will properly fit together.
I) On the front, draw in and label the following cell parts/organelle: * the organelle drawing must resemble the real shape of that organelle.
a) Nucleus If Plant Cell Also: b) Mitochondria a) Cell wall c) Endoplasmic Reticulum b) Chloroplast d) Ribosome e) Cytoplasm f) Cell membrane g) Lysosome
II) On the back, draw the same cell parts in approximately the same location only this time you will write in the cell’s organelle/parts function.
4. On both the front and back, use the same color for the same cell parts/organelles. In other words, if you use blue for a ribosome, it will be blue on both sides of the model.
5. Cut a 3x3 inch piece of paper and write on it:
a) the type of cell you made
b) your name and period
c) Date

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