Biology

Exploring the Parts of a Cell

Lesson Plan

State Standards:

Life Science (Biology) Grades 6-8
3. Compare and contrast plant and animal cells, including major organelles (cell membrane, cell wall, nucleus, cytoplasm, chloroplasts, mitochondria, vacuoles).
4. Recognize that within cells, many of the basic functions of organisms (e.g., extracting energy from food and getting rid of waste) are carried out. The way in which cells function is similar in all living organisms

Essential Question:

What are the major parts of the cell and what do they do?

Introduction:

You are going to use all the information you have learned about the parts of a cell to make a cell and explain it.

Remember how we talked about a cell being like a city?? Well, you are about to take on the role of a "Cell City Planner." You will have to use the computer to make a cell with all it's organelles and then design a tour of that cell. You will become the tour guide of your Cell City by writing a narration of your tour.

Task:

You will use Prezi to make a diagram of a cell. Each part of the cell should be labeled with its name and function.

Using the "Show" buttons, create a tour of your cell.
Write you would say if you were the tour guide pointing out each organelle to a group of cell tourists

Lesson Experiences:

  1. Decide whether you want to create a plant or animal cell.
  2. Create a new Prezi presentation. Title it and make sure your name is in the title.
  3. You can use the diagrams of a cell below or you can search for another diagram online. (Make sure it is a large image or else it will be fuzzy when you zoom in.) EXTRA CREDIT IF YOU DRAW YOUR OWN CELL USING PREZI SHAPES OR PAINT! Use the "Insert" then "Image" buttons to place this on the Prezi board.
    1. Diagram of an animal cell
    2. Diagram of a plant cell
  4. Zoom into a part of the cell and use the "write" buttons to label the cell and describe what it does in your own words. Make sure you save often! Do this for all the parts of a cell. If you are using the diagrams I provided, we have not discussed some of those parts so you can leave them blank. All the parts in your book should be in your cell.
  5. Proofread!! There is no spell check in Prezi.
  6. Click on the "Path" button to design your tour. Decide where you want to start and press "Capture View" to set this as your first stop. You may want to start with a view of your whole cell and then start to go to each individual part. Use the "Capture View" button to set each destination of your tour. Remember to save frequently!
  7. Preview your tour by using the "Show" buttons and the right arrow key to move through your tour.
  8. Have you ever been on a tour? The tour guide shows you a landmark, tells you the name of it, and them gives you some information about it. Guides try to make their tours as interesting as possible so that their customers will be happy and recommend the tour to other people. As you write the narration of the tour, you might want to use humor or give fun facts to interest your customers. Make sure your narration is in the same order as your Prezi tour! You don't want to be introducing the nucleus while showing the endoplasmic reticulum!! How embarrassing!
  9. You may type your narration or email it to me using the link on my webpage. This should be finished for homework.

I have made a sample for you to look at. What do you like? What would you change?


Conclusion:

Tour guides are considered experts on their subjects. Hopefully you can consider yourself and expert on the parts of a cell. If you still need a little help, practice giving your tour or go to Quizlet to practice with flashcards. We have a quiz on this in a few days!

Extensions:

Assessments:

Diagram

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Extra Credit
1-5 points for creating your own cell diagram.
total score
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Narration

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good detail
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Creativity
no creativity
very little
creativity
some creativity
good creativity
fantastic
creativity
Used own words
copied directly
from book
copied mostly
from book
some copied
from book
mostly in own
words
completely in
own words
Spelling
almost all
spelled wrong
mostly spelled
wrong
half spelled
wrong
little spelled
wrong
nothing spelled
wrong
Grammar
horrible
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Image Credit: Plant and Animal Cell