Learn about cell structures and function through this innovative NGSS aligned cell city engineering poster project!
Using the phenomena of “Zombie’s”, students will engineer a city to protect surviving humans. Based on the creation of their city, students will apply the parts of a plant cell to their city. Students will have the opportunity to visit the other cities, evaluate their city and make necessary changes. Students will also justify their organelles and city structures with evidence statements.
This project is presented in "Episodes" to guide you and students along the city development process. This activity includes a class gallery walk and a time for team reflection and adjustments.
This document contains: 6 pages
2 student direction pages in the format of “episodes”.
Student evaluation sheet.
Materials needed: Direction sheets for each group, poster paper (about 3 feet per group), pens, colored pencils, or crayons (BLACK, GREEN, RED), pencils, and a ruler or meter stick.
Erika at Instructomania
Supports the following:
MS-LS1-2 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes: Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the cell functioning as a whole system and the primary role of identified parts of the cell, specifically the nucleus, chloroplasts, mitochondria, cell membrane, and cell wall.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment of organelle structure/function relationships is limited to the cell wall and cell membrane. Assessment of the function of the other organelles is limited to their relationship to the whole cell. Assessment does not include the biochemical function of cells or cell parts.]
Science and engineering practices: Developing and Using Models Modeling in 6–8 builds on K–5 experiences and progresses to developing, using, and revising models to describe, test, and predict more abstract phenomena and design systems. Develop and use a model to describe phenomena.
ELA/Literacy— SL.8.5 Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest. (MS-LS1-2)