This assignment was created for my 7th grade Life Science class. I give this assignment to students after I have introduced the parts of the cell and reviewed the difference between plant and animal cells. This could be done as an in class assignment or as homework and requires students to use a graphic organizer to show the difference between plant and animal cells.
This assignment can easily be adapted for younger or older students depending on ability.
This project meets the following California State Science Standards:
1. All living organisms are composed of cells, from just one to many trillions, whose details usually are visible only through a microscope. As a basis for understanding this concept:
a. Students know cells function similarly in all living organisms.
b. Students know the characteristics that distinguish plant cells from animal cells,
including chloroplasts and cell walls.
c. Students know the nucleus is the repository for genetic information in plant and animal cells.
d. Students know that mitochondria liberate energy for the work that cells do and that chloroplasts capture sunlight energy for photosynthesis.