Reflection: Complex Tasks Paper Plate Cells - Section 2: Guided Practice


As I help students complete their organelle graphic organizers, I use analogies to help students remember the function of each organelle. This lesson tackles challenging content and contains lots of new vocabulary for students to master. Using analogies helps students to remember the name and function of each organelle.

For the cell membrane, I use the example of skin. The skin is like the cell membrane because it protects the body and allows select materials to enter and exit. I liken the nucleus to the brain. These two items are similar because, like the brain, the nucleus controls the cell's overall functioning.  I link the nucleolus to an instruction manual because both provide information and a plan (DNA in the nucleolus) for making new things. I liken the endoplasmic reticulum to the post office. The endoplasmic reticulum, like the post office, packages materials and prepares them for shipment around the cell. The mitochondria is linked to a power plant because both make usable energy. I link the lysosome to a self-destruct button a the lysosome contains enzymes which can destroy parts of the cell or the cell itself.

  Organelle Analogies
  Complex Tasks: Organelle Analogies
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Paper Plate Cells

Unit 3: Human Body Systems
Lesson 1 of 8

Objective: SWBAT describe the function of cells in the body. SWBAT list and describe organelles in the animal cell.

Big Idea: Humans are made of cells. Cells contain organelles which serve specific functions in the cell.

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