In this activity, students compare the structures and functions of a cell to a place or object of their choice. On the worksheet template, students must choose a location or object (see examples below) and describe how that relates to various parts of a cell. Students then include a picture of their cell analogy.
I've had my students take this assignment one step further by creating a comic strip out of their cell analogies. Since I allow students to pick an analogy of their choice, I have found that their creativity and imaginations are endless, and they enjoyed taking ownership of their cell analogies. This document is also in Word for easy editing. Thanks!
If the cell were a school...
-The nucleus is like the principal since the nucleus controls the activities of a cell and the principal controls and directs the school.
- The cell membrane is like the brick wall surrounding our school since the cell membrane protects the cell and our brick walls protect our school.
-The mitochondria is like the utility room because the utility room powers the school and the mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell and helps provide energy.
-The chloroplasts are like the cafeteria because the chloroplasts convert energy into food for the plant and the cafeteria provides food for the staff and students.
Other examples of student analogies have included comparing a cell to: a house, airport, car, mall, or a city. : )