Reflection: Student Feedback Using Analogies to Study the Organelles of the Cell (Day 2 of 2) - Section 3: Closure: Anatomy of the Cell


Over the past few years, I had begun to wonder if perhaps this project idea was one that had reached its expiration date and that it was time to move into a new way for students to explore the organelles of the cell, what they look like and do, and how their functions are connected. However, my experience with and feedback from students this year has made it very clear that the activity continues to hold benefits for students.

When I asked my freshman students to share with me their experiences, what they told me fell into these basic themes:

collaboration with support was helpful for them in understanding both the science content and what they needed to do for the project

getting to pick their own analogy helped connect them to the science content because they could put together something they were learning with something they knew really, really well

working on the visual project took a long time but because they did it together, they wound up having some extra conversations about the science content while they worked that helped them remember and understand things more.

With our CCSS implementation in full swing this year, I can see how beneficial it for students when I keep specific speaking and listening goals in mind when I plan lessons.  The writing on these projects was the best I've seen in a few years and I attribute this reality to the pre-writing activities that occurred--collaboration, discussion, decision making for the visual aspect of the project, and visual project component creation. This is a model I will continue to work with throughout the year.   


  Why This Activity Works: Collaborative Work and Discussion
  Student Feedback: Why This Activity Works: Collaborative Work and Discussion
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Using Analogies to Study the Organelles of the Cell (Day 2 of 2)

Unit 5: Unit 5: A Tour of the Cell
Lesson 2 of 7

Objective: Students will be able to understand and connect the roles of each organelle within a cell.

Big Idea: Students will be able to understand and connect the roles of each organelle within a cell. Big Idea Use student created analogies to deepen their understanding of the organelles in a cell!

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Science, Cells and Cellular Processes, chloroplast, flagella, mitochondria, cell membrane, cellular components, Life Science/Biology, Vacuole, Nuclear Membrane, Ribosome, Cilia, Cell Organelles, Chromosomes, vesicle, golgi body, centriole, nucleolus, Endoplasmic reticulum, Lysosome, cytoskeleton, Cytoplasm, cell
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