ALEX Learning Activity


Do You Know Your Plant's Cells?

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Linda Carter
System:Mobile County
School:Mobile County Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 329
Do You Know Your Plant's Cells?
Digital Tool/Resource:
Study Jams Slide Show - Plant Cells
Web Address – URL:

The Study Jams Slide Show has auto-timed advancing slides that show actual photographs of the different parts of plant cells. Key vocabulary is listed on the title page. It provides an introduction to plant cells.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 5
9 ) Construct an illustration to explain how plants use light energy to convert carbon dioxide and water into a storable fuel, carbohydrates, and a waste product, oxygen, during the process of photosynthesis.

Unpacked Content
Scientific And Engineering Practices:
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
Crosscutting Concepts: Energy and Matter
Disciplinary Core Idea: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
  • Construct and label an illustration that demonstrates the process of photosynthesis and the conversion of carbon dioxide and water into storable fuel, carbohydrates and oxygen.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • convert
  • carbohydrates
  • waste product
  • photosynthesis
  • carbon dioxide
  • produces
  • oxygen
Students know:
  • What plants need to survive.
  • Parts of plants and their functions in the process of photosynthesis.
  • The sun is the source of energy.
  • Plants are producers.
Students are able to:
  • Construct an illustration to explain the scientific phenomenon of photosynthesis.
Students understand that:
  • Plants are producers of energy through the process of photosynthesis.
AMSTI Resources:
AMSTI Module:
Dynamics of Ecosystems

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
SCI.AAS.5.9- Using a given model, recognize that plants use light energy to make their own food during the process of photosynthesis.

Learning Objectives:

Students will sketch a plant cell and label and define the functions of its parts.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

The students will use this website to learn the parts of a plant cell and what additional parts plant cells have that animal cells do not have.

Using the information in the slideshow, students will draw and label a plant cell, possibly in their science journal. 

Assessment Strategies:

The teacher can assess the sketches of plant cells or can give students the Study Jams quiz on the cover page of the slide show.

Advanced Preparation:

Internet access, optional interactive white board

Variation Tips (optional):
Notes or Recommendations (optional):
  Keywords and Search Tags  
Keywords and Search Tags: cell parts, plant cells, Study Jams