Cell Organelle Activity - Making Analogies to Random Things

Rated 5 out of 5, based on 7 reviews
7 Ratings
Science of Curiosity
Grade Levels
6th - 12th, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • Google Drive™ folder
5 pages
Share this resource
Report this resource to TPT
Science of Curiosity
Made for Google Drive™
This resource can be used by students on Google Drive or Google Classroom. To access this resource, you’ll need to allow TPT to add it to your Google Drive. See our FAQ and Privacy Policy for more information.


This activity is a fun way for students to be creative and think critically about the cell parts. Can they make a connection between a random object (thumb tack, spoon, eraser?) and the function of a cell organelle? One hundred percent digital and NO PREP- perfect for a Sub day.

Fully editable! Feel free to add, delete, or change the slides to include different cell parts. 

Depending on your students, sometimes it is best that they do the activity on their own - but working in pairs or groups of three can lead to fun conversations and even debates about the best object for each analogy. 


Typically I let my Academic students choose objects that are analogies to the shape OR function of a cell part. My honors students must choose objects that are analogies to the function of the part only. This takes more thinking and leads to better understanding of the cell parts themselves. The instructions on the slides currently says ‘structure or function’ - but you may change that if you prefer! 


It is fun to share what students have come up with. Time permitting, let your students pick their favorite 1-3 analogies to share with the class, or even to a small group of students. This also serves as additional reinforcement and review for the cell parts. 

Consider even holding a contest for ‘best analogy’ - either overall or for each cell part. Extra credit for the winner(s) is a great motivator - be sure to tell students ahead of time so that they come up with their best analogies!

Includes a detailed Teaching Guide!

NOTE - if you are looking for a similar activity, but a bit more involved, check out Making Connections with Cell Parts. Students are tasked with choosing ANY object at home or at school and making an analogy with it to a cell part. Students take a picture of the object and embed it into the provided Google Slide template!

Looking for more cell resources?

Here are some more ready to go Digital Resources!

**Stay Curious!**

Total Pages
5 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
Report this resource to TPT
Reported resources will be reviewed by our team. Report this resource to let us know if this resource violates TPT’s content guidelines.


Questions & Answers


TPT empowers educators to teach at their best.

More About Us

Keep in Touch!

Sign Up