ALEX Lesson Plan


Organelle Matching Game

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Author:Desaree Jackson
System: Shelby County
School: Shelby County Board Of Education
The event this resource created for:GEMS
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 23925


Organelle Matching Game


The student must first have an understanding of the cell, the cellular organelles, and their functions. Afterwards, they will create an organelle matching game using index cards. This will be a reinforcement activity to complete a unit on cells.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):

Local/National Standards:

N.S. 9-12.3 As a result of their activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop understanding of: The cell, Molecular basis of heredity, Biological evolution, Interdependence of organisms, Matter, Energy, Organization in living systems, and Behavior of organisms. (taken from National Academies of Science)

Primary Learning Objective(s):

The student will identify the structure and function of the parts of the typical eukaryotic cell.

Additional Learning Objective(s):

The student will play the "Matching Game" to reinforce the cell unit in preparation for unit test.

 Preparation Information 

Total Duration:

31 to 60 Minutes

Materials and Resources:

Markers, 4x6 index cards

Technology Resources Needed:

Computer lab to do webquest activities, computers with Internet access and search engines.


This is an enrichment activity that should be used after the cells unit has been covered. All objectives should have been taught before playing the game.

1.)Review previously taught cell lesson highlighting cellular organelles and their functions.

2.)The class will be divided into cooperative learning groups.

3.)Allow each group to make their own set of organelle matching cards. On one set of cards write the names of organelles. On a second set of cards write the functions of the organelles. Ex- Card 1= Mitochondria, Card 2= Makes useable energy. Have students use the internet to find names and functions of organelles. Assign a minimum number of organelles depending upon time constraints(15 recommended). Teacher might want to allow the students to use the "Cells Alive" website for information.

4.)After each group makes their cards, they will exchange cards with another group to see which group can find the most matches in the shortest amount of time.

5.)At the end of class, conduct a quick review of the organelles and their functions using the Cells Alive website. These organelle cards can be used by students as a study tool for the test.
(Cells Alive)
This is an animated website that allows you to look at different cellular organelles and their function.

6.)Students will evaluate one another. Using the attached rubric. The teacher will also evaluate using the rubric. Average the two grades for the final grade.

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Assessment Strategies

Teacher should observe for correct matches and student participation. The competing groups will assess one another, groups will self assess and the teacher will assess. The three scores will be averaged to achieve their grade. Please see attached rubric for scoring.


If students finish early, allow them to go to the computer lab to complete the cells alive webquest.


Students needing extra practice can do the cell webquest using the Cells Alive


View the Special Education resources for instructional guidance in providing modifications and adaptations for students with significant cognitive disabilities who qualify for the Alabama Alternate Assessment.