MS-LS1-2 Animal and Plant Cells Lab Stations Activity

MS-LS1-2 Animal and Plant Cells Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS MS-LS1-2. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Animal and Plant Cells Lab Learning Objectives
1. Identify and describe organelles in animal and plant cells.
2. Use a light microscope to observe an animal and plant cell.
3. Create a model of the cell organelles in an animal cell.
4. Evaluate how the overall function of a cell depends on the contributions of individual organelles.
5. Compare and contrast the structure and function of an animal and plant cell.

Science Skills Station
Students will use a light microscope to visualize animal and plant cells at this station. They will compare the structure of the cells and discuss how the differences in structure lead to differences in the function of the cells.

Note: Images of cheek and onion cells at 100x and 400x are provided if you do not have light microscopes available.

Narrative Station
Students will read informational texts about plant and animal cells. They will identify common and different structures between the types of cells. Students will also discuss how common organelles are different between the types of cells.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to plant and animal cells. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will evaluate the contributions of individual organelles to the overall function of human body cells at this station. They will do so by identifying problems that occur when an organelle is impaired or damaged.

Synthesis Project
Students can conduct one of the 11 standard synthesis projects, but I strongly suggest using the directed synthesis project to best summarize the information in this lab. In the directed project, students will create a model of an animal and plant cell. They will identify, label and describe important organelles in the cells.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
1 Light microscope
Glass slides (2 per group)
Coverslips (2 per group)
Red onion (cut into 1-centimeter wide slices)
Cotton swabs or toothpicks
Lugol’s solution (iodine)
Methylene blue
Paper towels (for cleanup)
1 Computer or tablet

If performing the directed synthesis project in class you will also need:
Sturdy paper (to build the model upon)
Various arts and crafts materials (foam, pipe cleaners, molding clay, etc)

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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Total Pages
34 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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