Cells in seven days! This brief, engaging set of articles, activities, and assessments focuses on basic organelles found in animal and/or plant cells.
• suggested schedule
• materials list for each day
• plant and animal cells article
• introductory microscope activity
• plant and animal cells microscope activity
• organelles research activity
• organelles poster activity
• study guide
• organelle analogies
JUST ADDED - one page of learning links (just click and go to related text, interactives, videos, and printables)
• slides and slip covers
• salt, sand, and sugar
• computer(s) with Internet access or reference materials
• 12 x 18” tagboard or construction paper
• markers, crayons, or colored pencils
1. Read background information on plant and animal cells.
2. Practice using a microscope with salt, sand, and sugar.
3. Look at plant and animal cells under the microscope; draw and label.
4. Research functions of basic organelles.
5. Participate in the Organelle Trail activity. Work with a partner to create a “wanted” poster on a specific organelle; present to the class.
6. Review eight basic organelles with study guide and analogies.
7. Assess knowledge with the test.
Basic knowledge of cells helps students understand plant processes (particularly photosynthesis) and biological classification. Although it’s not a required unit of study for my class, I teach it every year to provide background information. My students love active engagement with microscopes and creating posters for the Organelle Trail!
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• Plant Parts
• Introduction to the Scientific Method
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