A project to help scholars learn the functions of the cellular organelles! Scholars use bridge maps to make analogies comparing each animal cell organelle from standard MS-LS1-2 (nucleus, mitochondria, cell membrane, vacuole) to parts of another object or thing, such as a car, sports team, city, or school.
For example, if a student decides that a cell is like a basketball team, they might make the analogy, "The nucleus is like the coach! Just like the coach leads the basketball team and gives orders to the players, the nucleus leads the cell and gives orders to the other organelles." This packet helps scholars brainstorm their four analogies, and then they can choose a final product including those analogies, such as a poster, flipbook, or PowerPoint presentation.
Before releasing scholars to brainstorm their own analogies, use Page 2 to practice by comparing organelles to parts of a factory. There is a teacher key at the back of this resource.
I use this project to increase rigor and make organelles "stickier" after I introduce organelle functions using my organelle information sheets. While scholars have the basic functions after that activity, making the analogies requires much more thought, and usually leads to greater mastery.
This project is in alignment with the NGSS standard MS-LS1-2; students must develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function. I explain to students that bridge maps and analogies are models we can use to understand organelle functions, and how those functions help the overall cell function and keep us alive!
NOTE: Don't be scared off by the PowerPoint! It's how I format all of my class materials.