The Analogy Cell
- Poster board
- Magazines and newspapers
What to Do:
First, you will need to decide if you’re focusing on plant or animal cells. Once you decide, you will need to research the structures of each cell. You must determine what function each of these structures serves. Next, you will need to find some kind of larger object that performs the same function in your day-to-day life. For example, a chloroplast is similar to a restaurant in that it gathers raw materials and uses them to produce food we can eat. Use newspapers or magazines to locate and cut out pictures that correspond to these real-world objects.
You complete this project by drawing your cell on your poster board and including the structures you found analogies for. You should then paste pictures of the objects you found around the cell, including an explanation on how these objects are like the cell part they are analogous to.
This chapter on the parts of cells can help you review what you need to know you begin this project. These video lessons are short and easy to understand, allowing you to brush up on the functions of different parts of cells.
Household Items Cell
- Rectangular container with lid
- Uncooked pasta noodles
- Sticky tabs
1. Cover sides of container with paper or tape.
2. Use household items as cell parts and place on lid of container.
3. Label the parts of the cell by creating a legend to go along with your model.
Play Dough Plant Cell
1. Lay out a piece of plastic wrap.
2. Place play dough on the plastic wrap and flatten to plant cell shape.
3. Use different play dough colors to design the parts of the cell.
4. Press parts into flattened play dough section.
5. Use toothpicks and sticky tabs to label cell parts.
Edible 3-D Model Using Gelatin
To create this type of 3-D model, you will need to first make gelatin. Light colors work best because they allow you to easily see through your model. Make sure to use slightly less water than usual, as this will create a more solid substance that will help your cell parts stay in place.
Once the gelatin is cool, pour it into a plastic bag. You may find it easier to do this if you place the plastic bag into a container. Leave some space in the bag so that all of your cell parts will fit. Then, close the bag and put it into the refrigerator to finish cooling.
When the gelatin is almost ready, begin to add your cell parts. You can use gummy worms, M&Ms, gumdrops or licorice to serve as the parts of the cell. Once you have included all of your cell parts, seal up the plastic bag and put it back in the refrigerator to finish setting. The best part about this cell model project is that it can be eaten when you’re all finished, so make sure to include your favorite candies as your cell parts!
Plant Cell Cake
- 9×13 baking dish
- Cake batter
- Cutting utensil
- White frosting
- Fondant icing
- Food coloring
1. Bake the cake.
2. Use your cutting utensil to shape the cake like a plant cell.
3. Add the white frosting to the cake.
4. Use the fondant and food coloring to make the different cell parts.
5. Place the various cell parts on top of the cake.
Most of the work in this project involves making the ‘cytoplasm.’ To learn more about its function and why it’s important, view this lesson on the cytoplasm.
Here´s a link for more ideas on making models.
And these links might help to learn more about cells!!
Rubric for oral presentation
1 Analogy Cell. Animal cell: Sebastián, Juana FC, Pilar L, Nacho O
2 Household items Cell. Plant cell: Fico, Nina, Jose LL, Rosario
3 Play Dough Plant Cell: Juanma, Mariano, Sofía, Santi O
4 Edible 3D Model Animal Cell: Luisa, Beltrán, Milena, Catalina
5 Plant Cell Cake: Jose P, Bernardita, Bauti S, Ignacio G
6 Analogy Cell. Plant Cell: Mateo, Mora, JuanaT, Santino
Remember we are all going to assess all the work following the rubric.
Your work will be seen and shared at school. And it must also be shared on your blogs.
Remember to describe all the process:
how you got organized
where you got the info
any drawbacks and how you solved them
any possible improvement for your next project
Due date: Thursday June 13th