This Cell Organelles Play is also included in the Cell Organelles Mini Bundle!
This is a Two-Act play in which your students will play the parts of the various cell organelles of an animal cell in order to better understand the functions of the organelles! In my experience, this has been the best way to engage my kinesthetic learners and to help bring some meaning to the concept of a cell and what it does.
This product includes the full scripts to two separate acts of the play, a list of the parts and their roles with detailed instructions for the actors, a ‘map’ of where the cell organelles should stand at the start of the play, name tags for all organelles, and a reflection page for students to complete after performing the play.
The necessary materials are really simple things:
✎ 4 bags of “food” (you can just write “food” on a piece of paper and drop it into a bag, or use a bag of chips, candy, or pretzels!)
✎ A container filled with water (a liter or a gallon will do!)
✎ 6 bunches of about 5 pipe cleaners each (jumble up the bunches a little to represent proteins)
✎ 4 clothespins
✎ 5 clear sandwich bags
✎ Two bunches of yarn that are tied to look like a lipid (sort of like a ‘ghost’ with a head and a tail)
✎ Some clips or yarn to attach the organelle names to the actors (you can clip the name tags to shirts, or make them into ‘necklaces’ to wear)
The play is written for 24 students if the Nucleus is played by a student. However, if you have a smaller class, you can omit 4 of the parts or you can assign roles and perform the first Act and then re-assign roles for the second Act. If you have a larger class, you could have half of the class acting and half being the audience for each Act of the play. I've found it best to work through the play as a practice run and then do it again and again to really drive home the point!
I suggest assigning roles and then having each student highlight his or her role description and actions throughout the play script. During the play, the cell performs many functions as instructed by the nucleus, including passing food in through the cell membrane, making ribosomes, making proteins, making lipids, releasing water from the cell, and recycling worn out cell parts.
You may also be interested in my Cell Organelles Cornell Doodle Notes
and my Cell Organelles City Analogies Memory Matching Game
Thanks for looking!