Cell Structure Exploration

Designed by Katie, Cindy, and Heidi

       

Topic: Cell Structure

Introduction: Students recently learned the structure of animal and plant cells. Class material and discussions have highlighted the importance of each organelle’s role to the overall health of the cell.

Task: Students will become familiar with cell structure and function by creating an animal or plant cell. Additionally, students will be labeling the different organelles and placing their functions in a real world scenario. Groups will be responsible for creating a digital replication/animation of an animal or plant cell.

Process: 

  1. Form student groups and pick a technological tool; Google draw, PowToon, Prezi, Powerpoint or any other teacher-approved source to create a model of a cell (plant or animal).
  2. Label the cell with all of the necessary organelles.
  3. Pick three organelles. For each organelle, complete the following:
  1. An additional slide or image naming all functions for the organelle.
  2. State the organelle’s importance to the cell.
  3. Imagine the cell as a functioning city where all roles matter. Assign the organelle a city official role. (ie, nucleus could be assigned as the mayor)  

Resource:

        Explore this site for more information!  http://www.cellsalive.com/ 

Here's a video for a better view of a cell!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=UVtRGNElnkk

Evaluation:

This is how your work will be graded.

Developing -1 point

Qualified - 2 points

Exemplary - 3 points

Score

Digital Animation Visual Appeal

Animation tool of choice shows no organization and low levels of creativity

Animation tool of choice shows average organization and average levels of creativity

Animation tool of choice shows strong organization and high levels of creativity

Digital Animation

Content

More than 2 organelles are missing/labeled incorrectly in cell model

1-2 organelles are missing/labeled incorrectly in cell model

All organelles are labeled correctly in cell model

Overview of Organelle #1

Demonstrates low comprehension and no use of research on organelle of choice

Demonstrates some comprehension and some research on organelle of choice

Demonstrates strong comprehension and additional research on organelle of choice

Overview of Organelle #2

Demonstrates low comprehension and no use of research on organelle of choice

Demonstrates some comprehension and some research on organelle of choice

Demonstrates strong comprehension and additional research on organelle of choice

 Overview of Organelle #3

Demonstrates low comprehension and no use of research on organelle of choice

Demonstrates some comprehension and some research on organelle of choice

Demonstrates strong comprehension and additional research on organelle of choice

Assignment of Organelle Role #1

Demonstrates low comprehension of the role of the organelle of choice and its connection to the cell as a whole

Demonstrates average comprehension of the role of the organelle of choice and its connection to the cell as a whole

Demonstrates strong comprehension of the role of the organelle of choice and its connection to the cell as a whole

Assignment of Organelle Role #2

Demonstrates low comprehension of the role of the organelle of choice and its connection to the cell as a whole

Demonstrates average comprehension of the role of the organelle of choice and its connection to the cell as a whole

Demonstrates strong comprehension of the role of the organelle of choice and its connection to the cell as a whole

Assignment of Organelle Role #3

Demonstrates low comprehension of the role of the organelle of choice and its connection to the cell as a whole

Demonstrates average comprehension of the role of the organelle of choice and its connection to the cell as a whole

Demonstrates strong comprehension of the role of the organelle of choice and its connection to the cell as a whole

Conclusion: After this activity, the students will know the various parts of cells, where they are located and their various functions.The students will also gain experience in using online tools to accomplish a task. They will also use various sources in this project and will gain experience working with their peers.

Credits:

We are California State University San Marcos Students who are exploring the use of project based learning.

Teacher Page:

Students aspiring to be future educators of America.