Friday, August 22, 2014

Cell Model Project

published on: 1/26/2006

Contributing Teacher(s): Tracy Fuller

Subject Area: Science/Life

Grade Range: High School (9-12)

Materials Needed:

  • The material list is wide open since this is done by the students at home.

Objective: The objective is to distinguish the differences between the organelle shapes, size, and distinguishing factors. Also to place the correct organelles in the appropriate cell, plants or animals.

Instructional Strategy: Prior Knowledge & Connections

Process Standards:

  • Goal 1.10 apply acquired information, ideas and skills to different contexts as students, workers, citizen

Content Standards:

  • Science 3. Characteristics and interactions of living organisms

    Time Allowance: 2 weeks out of class time

    Description: This project is to create a model of a cell. It can be done with edible items or non-edible craft items.


    Classroom Component:

    Cell Models

    This lesson goes well after discussing organelles and cells. This assignment was given as an out of class assignment. I told them they could make edible cell models, but they could also make non-edible models. It was due the day we reviewed for our cell test. We had a “cell”abration!

    Materials will be up to the student:

    Example materials for edible products—cake mix, cookie dough, frosting, candies

    Example materials for non edible products--Styrofoam, markers, clay

    Guidelines:

    You are to make a model, not a drawing of a cell.

    The organelles need to look realistic. For example the mitochondria should have zig zag lines inside to represent increased surface area.

    You may have a partner—someone in this class.

    This model can be edible, which can be shared with the class. However, your project does not have to edible.

    We will have a competition among the models, to see which one looks realistic!

    You may do an animal or plant cell.

    Animal cells are round and must include:

    Mitochondria Vacuole Cell membrane

    Golgi apparatus Nucleus Nucleolus

    Rough ER Smooth ER Ribosomes

    Nuclear membrane Cytoplasm Lysosome

    Centriole

    Plant cells are square and must include:

    Mitochondria Vacuole Cell membrane

    Golgi apparatus Nucleus Nucleolus

    Rough ER Smooth ER Ribosomes

    Nuclear membrane Cytoplasm Chloroplast

    Cell Wall

    It is best if you label the cell parts/organelles on the model. Use toothpicks/paper as labels. I prefer not to have the key on a separate piece of paper.

    Building A Structure: Cell Model

    Student Name: ________________________________________

     

    CATEGORY

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Neatness and careful planning

    Great care taken in construction process so that the structure is neat, attractive and follows plans accurately.

    Construction was careful and accurate for the most part, but 1-2 details could have been refined for a more attractive product.

    Construction accurately followed the plans, but 3-4 details could have been refined for a more attractive product.

    Construction appears careless or haphazard. Many details need refinement for a strong or attractive product.

    Materials look realistic

    Appropriate materials were selected and creatively modified in ways that made them have a realistic shape or size of organelles.

    Appropriate materials were selected and there was an attempt at creative modification to make the organelles realistic looking.

    Appropriate materials were selected.

    Inappropriate materials were selected and contributed to a product that performed poorly.

    Shape/proper organelles

    The shape of the cell was correct round/square and the correct organelles were found in that type of cell.

    The shape was incorrect for the cell but the correct organelles were found in that type of cell.

    The shape was correct, but plant organelles were in the animal cell or vise versa.

    Shape was wrong and the cell was lacking several organelles.

    This rubric can be modified to fit your needs. You could count each organelle as two points. This would increase the point value.

    For students that need modifications, you can have bigger groups than two people. You can also allow them to draw their project instead of a model.

    Competition amongst the students: I had the students go around and judge their classmates. They were looking for realistic looking organelles and neatness. Not so much if it looked good to eat. I had them write down their top three choices. The one with the most votes won the friendly competition and received a bag of candy. I took their pictures with their cakes and hung them on the board for all classes to see. It is always a lot of fun to see the creative minds of teenagers.

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    Cell Models

    This lesson goes well after discussing organelles and cells. This assignment was given as an out of class assignment. I told them they could make edible cell models, but they could also make non-edible models. It was due the day we reviewed for our cell test. We had a “cell”abration!

    Materials will be up to the student:

    Example materials for edible products—cake mix, cookie dough, frosting, candies

    Example materials for non edible products--Styrofoam, markers, clay

    Guidelines:

    You are to make a model, not a drawing of a cell.

    The organelles need to look realistic. For example the mitochondria should have zig zag lines inside to represent increased surface area.

    You may have a partner—someone in this class.

    This model can be edible, which can be shared with the class. However, your project does not have to edible.

    We will have a competition among the models, to see which one looks realistic!

    You may do an animal or plant cell.


    Animal cells are round and must include:

    Mitochondria Vacuole Cell membrane

    Golgi apparatus Nucleus Nucleolus

    Rough ER Smooth ER Ribosomes

    Nuclear membrane Cytoplasm Lysosome

    Centriole

    Plant cells are square and must include:

    Mitochondria Vacuole Cell membrane

    Golgi apparatus Nucleus Nucleolus

    Rough ER Smooth ER Ribosomes

    Nuclear membrane Cytoplasm Chloroplast

    Cell Wall

    It is best if you label the cell parts/organelles on the model. Use toothpicks/paper as labels. I prefer not to have the key on a separate piece of paper.


    Building A Structure: Cell Model

    Student Name: ________________________________________

     

    CATEGORY

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Neatness and careful planning

    Great care taken in construction process so that the structure is neat, attractive and follows plans accurately.

    Construction was careful and accurate for the most part, but 1-2 details could have been refined for a more attractive product.

    Construction accurately followed the plans, but 3-4 details could have been refined for a more attractive product.

    Construction appears careless or haphazard. Many details need refinement for a strong or attractive product.

    Materials look realistic

    Appropriate materials were selected and creatively modified in ways that made them have a realistic shape or size of organelles.

    Appropriate materials were selected and there was an attempt at creative modification to make the organelles realistic looking.

    Appropriate materials were selected.

    Inappropriate materials were selected and contributed to a product that performed poorly.

    Shape/proper organelles

    The shape of the cell was correct round/square and the correct organelles were found in that type of cell.

    The shape was incorrect for the cell but the correct organelles were found in that type of cell.

    The shape was correct, but plant organelles were in the animal cell or vise versa.

    Shape was wrong and the cell was lacking several organelles.

    This rubric can be modified to fit your needs. You could count each organelle as two points. This would increase the point value.

    For students that need modifications, you can have bigger groups than two people. You can also allow them to draw their project instead of a model.

    Competition amongst the students: I had the students go around and judge their classmates. They were looking for realistic looking organelles and neatness. Not so much if it looked good to eat. I had them write down their top three choices. The one with the most votes won the friendly competition and received a bag of candy. I took their pictures with their cakes and hung them on the board for all classes to see. It is always a lot of fun to see the creative minds of teenagers.


    Lesson Graphic A

    Lesson graphic b


    Lesson Graphic c

    Lesson Graphic d


     

    Lesson Graphic e

    Lesson Graphic f


    Lesson Graphic g

    Lesson Graphic h


    Lesson Graphic i

    Lesson Graphic j


    Lesson Graphic k

    Lesson Graphic l



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