CELLS CSI Investigation - Examining Plant and Animal Cells

Grade Levels
4th - 7th
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In this lesson, students will be given a mystery to solve, based on their knowledge of cells. To solve the mystery, they need to know the major differences between plant and animal cells. Students apply their knowledge to a "real-life" scenario in which they must classify cells as plant or animal. Students will record their conclusions in a forensic lab report similar to one that could be used in court. This is an excellent activity for the end of a unit on plant and animal cells.

Aligns to the following Tennessee State Science Standards:
SPI 0507.1.1 Identify the major parts of plant and animal cells such as the nucleus, cell membrane, cell wall, and cytoplasm.
CFU 0507.1.1 Label drawings of plant and animal cells.

Kit Includes:
Teacher Instructions
Crime Scene Scenario
Forensic Lab Report Form
Animal Cell Images
Plant Cell Images

UPDATED: 07.19.15
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File Folder Labels
Suspect Information
14 Additional Cell Images
Answer Guide
Sample Lab Report

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