This package can be used in conjunction with the free iCell app (by Hudson Alpha), which is available for iPad and Android, as well as mobile devices. Note: the iPhone app is not as advanced as the iPad app as it only gives basic definitions of cell organelles. The app is a 3D interactive way for students to learn about plant and animal cells. You can move the cell around to see where the different cell organelles are located and click on the organelles to read basic, intermediate, or advanced, descriptions. I wish there were interactive programs like this when I had to learn about cells! This unit aligns with the Ontario Grade 8 Science curriculum.
One way to use this package is have students use the app to explore the parts of an animal and a plant cell. After searching online for basic cell diagrams, I did not find any that looked similar to the app so I decided to draw a plant and animal cell in 3D to match the iCell app. The drawings match up to the cells used in the app. Students can look at the basic, intermediate, or advanced descriptions from the app and colour the cell using specific colours as identified in the handout. An additional set of questions is included to ensure students explore through each of the descriptions of the plant and animal cell.
What is included in this package:
-Animal Cell Worksheet – provides the cell organelles and a section to write out the descriptions from the iCell app
-Animal Cell Organelle Identification and Colouring Activity
-Animal Cell Organelle Identification Activity
-Plant Cell Worksheet – provides the cell organelles and a section to write out the descriptions from the iCell app
-Plant Cell Organelle Identification and Colouring Activity
-Plant Cell Organelle Identification Activity
-Additional Questions on Cells
-Answer key for Animal Cell Worksheet, Plant Cell Worksheet, and Additional Questions
-Plant and Animal Cell Quiz – label cell organelles, compare and contrast differences between plant and animal cells and organelle descriptions where the students have to name the organelle
-Answer key to quiz also included
I used this with my own grade 8 class and it takes a few days to complete all of the activities. They were very engaged using the iCell app and exploring the different descriptions of the cells. This is a great way to introduce plant and animal cells and to quiz the students on the organelles in these cells.
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