Animal cells have many functions that support the life of the animal. Animal cells also have lots of different parts, including the cell body, cytoplasm, mitochondria, nucleus, vacuole, and cell membrane.
The classroom resource provides a slide show that will describe the structures of an animal cell. After utilizing this resource, the students can complete the short test to assess their understanding.
The cells of plants include several parts, such as the cell body, cytoplasm, mitochondria, nucleus, vacuole, cell membrane, cell wall, and chloroplasts. Only plant cells have plant walls and chloroplasts.
The classroom resource provides a slide show that will describe the structures of a plant cell. In addition, there is a sing-along video that students can perform karaoke-style that will help them remember the different structures. After utilizing these two resources, the students can complete the short test to assess their understanding.
This lesson is the second of a two-part series on cells. This lesson encourages students to view the cell as a system. Students will begin to understand the cell as a system by exploring a more familiar and tangible example of a system: a factory. Throughout the lesson, students will compare the factory to a cell, beginning to understand how both can be thought of as a system. The first lesson in this series is Cells 1: Make a Model Cell.
In this lesson, students will compare a plant and animal cell and then make a model of a cell. They will select items to represent various cell structures and justify their choices by describing how the items they have chosen represent the actual parts of a cell. Prior to this lesson, students should have at least been introduced to cells, including the basic differences between plant and animal cells. This lesson is the first of two-part series on cells. The second lesson in this series is Cells 2: The Cell as a System.