Using mind maps, is a great way to have students learn how to effectively organize complicated concepts. This assignment allows students to use a double bubble format rather than a Venn diagram to compare and contrast plant and animal cells as a unit assessment.
The difference between plants and animals starts on the cellular level. Students in middle school typically will use microscopes and anatomy coloring pages to learn about the characteristics of each type of eukaryotic cells. This assessment allows students to create a clear visual that helps students visualize details that otherwise would not stand out in a Venn diagram.