Study of the organelles and structure of a cell, along with the membrane, are integral parts of any biology class. Having the students put the names of the major cell organelles (endoplasmic reticulum, cell membrane (plasma membrane), cell wall, cytoplasm (cytosol), Golgi apparatus (complex), mitochondria, chloroplasts, ribosomes, nucleus, vacuole, and others) into their own words and demonstrate understanding of their functions through analogy, metaphor, or similes can be a fun, creative way to talk about cells.
By the end of this activity, the student should be able to demonstrate (a) that knowledge of names of the different parts of a cell, (b) an understanding of the function of cell parts, and (c) see that the parts of the cell are interactive with each other.
Included in this activity is a rubric for analysis of student work and detailed grading assessment.
At least 35-45 minutes total in order to give instructions, draw scientists, and answer follow-up questions.
• This can be broken up into two (2) sessions.Either 5-10 minutes instruction at the end of class and homework to create and demonstrate cell functions. Then the following class period or for homework 30-35 minutes of class time to create diagrams / drawings / metaphors.
• Or one single session. There must be time given for the students to create diagrams / drawings / metaphors (any student not done at the end of the time period can finish it for homework if you run out of time).
ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES NEEDED: Paper and Pencils (colored & regular)