10th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade
Compare life processes (e.g. growth, digestion) at the organism level with life processes at the cellular level.
You can set any guidelines you wish with regard to the project. Some that I had set were:
You could not change the "Type" of food. If you were doing a dessert dish, ALL the food needed to be of the dessert type. If you were doing a savory dish, all of the food needed to be of a savory type. etc, etc.
Also, the container you brought the project to school in could NOT be used as an organelle. Only the food itself. This was done to force a little creativity from my students in their preparations
Also, the students could do a plant OR an animal cell. The only stipulation was that the shape had to fit the type of cell they were making.
The purpose of this project is to familiarize the student with the various parts of a cell while making the process more enjoyable than just studying a diagram.
This is a cell lesson to be used after the chapter material has been covered.
This activity should not be used as an introductory lesson.
- You will work in teams of two. (Three if necessary)
- Your team will come up with a plan to create a model of a cell using food.
- Your team can use either an animal cell or a plant cell.
- I must approve your plan BEFORE you may start.
- You team will have four days to complete this project. It is due ______________________
- You need to have a minimum of six different organelles in this model.
- These organelles will be labeled using the toothpicks with labels on them.
- The foods you choose must be edible when the model is complete.
- You may use inedible props to assist your model’s design, but they cannot represent any cellular organelles. (Example: Small stick used to hold a marshmallow in place or a pipe cleaner used to elevate a jelly bean off the surface of the cell)
- Your models MUST be transportable.
- You and your group will present your model to the class in a small (2-3 minute) oral presentation in which you will describe what your model is made of and what organelles you have.
All projects will be graded on three criteria:
- Creativity of design
- Accuracy to science
- Quality of presentation
The project is worth 300 points total. 100 points to each of the three categories.
Each person in your group will receive the same grade so divide the work evenly.