Assess students’ deeper understanding of cell parts and their functions with this “cell simile” booklet. Students choose an object to compare a cell and its organelles to. Print out a checklist along with the seven cell organelle pages and staple them together to create a booklet for each student. Alternatively, you could make this a group assignment and give each student one page to complete as they collaborate around one central idea.
Two versions of the booklet are included: one in color and one in gray scale. Each version contains two checklists: one with numeric values for each item in the checklist for easy scoring/grading, and one with no numeric values. Choose whichever works best for you! A “recommended use” page is also included.
Pages for the following cell parts are included: nucleus, vacuole, cell wall, cell membrane, mitochondrion, cytoplasm, chloroplast. A blank page is also included so you can write in other cell parts that you may want to include.
This is great for homework, an assessment, project, or in-class work. You’ll be amazed by what creative ideas students come up with!
I typically begin this lesson by modeling with a booklet of my own and choose to compare a cell to a school. For example:
The nucleus is like the principal because it controls the cell’s activities like the principal controls all of the school’s activities.
The vacuole is like the trashcan because it stores waste in the cell like trashcans store waste from students and teachers.
The cell wall is like the brick wall that surrounds the school because it gives the cell its rigid structure like a brick wall gives the school shape and keeps out intruders.
The cell membrane is like the doors because it lets things in and out of the cell like doors let things in and out of the school.
The mitochondrion is like the electrical closet because it produces energy for the cell like the electrical closet produces energy for the school.
The cytoplasm is like the students because it fills the entirety of the cell like students fill the entirety of the school.
The chloroplasts are like the lunch room chefs because they make food for the cell just like lunch room chefs make food for the students.
I am happy to customize this product for any of your classroom needs. Go wild and enjoy!