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Whenever possible in science, I try to take abstract ideas and relate them to things that the students already have quite a bit of experience with. When studying body cells, along with their structure and organelles, I like to compare them to the blueprint of a school.
This is a lesson plan that shows how a student can color a map or blueprint of their school to represent each of the major structures/organelles within a body cell. This plan gives a brief discription of cell membrane, DNA, nucleus, endoplasmic reticulum, ribosomes, vacuole, and mitochondria and which part of the school best represents each one.
This is a very adaptable lesson plan. I would sometimes create the key on the map before handing it to a student that may struggle with the process. It is also a great tool to refer to as we look back on the cell structure. Students are taking their prior knowledge and applying it to a new concept.