Here's a great way to introduce cells to your students! Although the printed information is geared to students ages 11-16, a teacher can also simplify the activities to be suitable for younger students.
This bundle includes:
- "Let's Cell-ebrate!" coloring and research paper quilt pieces to make a quilt approximately 22" x 40"
- Research Question Activity for students to complete a mini research project about "their" cell (the cell about which they complete the quilt block)
- Brochure template for students to present research information about "their" cell
- Two complete "Let's Cell-ebrate!" coloring collection pages, formatted for individual or small group work
- Exemplars of completed coloring pages
- Complete file entitled "High Quality Coloring" including presentation and directions on how to produce a coloring activity that will make students and teachers proud AND a scoring rubric for the coloring activity
"LET'S CELL-EBRATE!" QUILT
With this packet, you will have everything you need to make a beautiful class quilt (out of paper) that loudly proclaims "Let's Cell-ebrate!" Each student contributes a colored cell quilt block. There are thirty different blocks, each with a type of cell students might encounter in their studies. Some are unicellular organisms such as amoeba or paramecia; some are types of cells found in plants such as parenchyma or xylem cells; some are cells found in animals such as neurons, cardiac cells, or osteoblasts. Each cell is carefully illustrated including labels for the most prominent structures visible under a typical classroom microscope. Every cell shows its nucleus, nucleolus, cytoplasm, cell membrane, and mitochondria (drawn a little larger than actual scale so that students can "see" them; in most classroom settings, mitochondria are too small to be observed under a microscope). Each cell sheet has with it a detailed description including some interesting facts about its unique structure and habits. Students color their cells and combine them into a quilt that fits through a typical school laminator.
CELL RESEARCH MATERIALS
This bundle includes both a worksheet of research questions to be answered by students about "their" cell and a template for creating informational brochures about the cell in question. The brochures can be displayed along with the Let's Cell-ebrate! quilt for an attractive and instructional bulletin board.
LET'S CELL-EBRATE COLORING COLLECTIONS ONE AND TWO
This bundle includes two coloring collections, also available separately. Each collection features 16 intricately detailed cell illustrations to color and label. Additionally, exemplars are included so that students can see how attractive these cells can be when carefully colored. The coloring collection includes coloring guides for each page with tons of information about the organelles and structures found in each of the cells. The cell drawings on these coloring sheets correspond to the illustrations on the class quilt. There are two versions of each coloring page; one is for an individual student to color, and one is for a group of up to four students to color.
HIGH QUALITY COLORING FILE
Students can learn A LOT by coloring, but often students approach this type of activity with the same attitude they bring to coloring a place mat while waiting for their pancakes to arrive at a restaurant! For this reason, a file including a brief presentation on high quality coloring as well as a scoring rubric for this activity are included.