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Students create a plant or animal cell model from jell-o and various food stuffs.
- plastic ziploc bags
- large bowl green jello
- large bowl yellow jello
- serving spoons
- a variety of candy/pasta/beans/nuts to use as organelles
- small paper or styrofoam bowls
Students will be able to create a model of a plant or animal cell using food ingredients, and a key that explains the parts of the model.
- This is a project you would do after having introduced students to plant and animals cells and their parts.
- Have students choose whether they would like to do a plant or animal cell.
- Tell students that the plastic baggie will represent the cell membrane, and since a plant cell also has a cell wall, tell the plant cell kids they need 2 baggies, one inside the other.
- Explain that the jell-o represents the cytoplasm (green for plants, yellow for animals) and that they will be using small food stuffs to represent the organelles.
- Make sure they have a worksheet/textbook in front of them that has a diagram of a cell so they can remember all the organelles.
- Give requirements: Must have at least 5 organelles. Must create a key to tell me what each food item represents in their "cell-o." The key must be both written and drawn, with color in the drawings.
- Assign some students the task of putting the food items in bowls around the classroom.
- Have small groups of students come up and get their jell-o (again, remember - green for plant yellow for animal). You will serve the jell-o so it doesn't get all over the place.
- When everyone has their jell-o.... GO!
Assess based on completion of the jell-o cell and the key requirements.
- Must have at least 5 organelles.
- Must create a key to explain what each food item represents.
- Key must be written AND drawn, with color in the drawings.