There are four videos to choose from to learn about animal cells.
The first two are better for younger kids, the second two will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or all four!
Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to test your understanding by taking the quiz!
High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with one of the advanced learning projects located at the end of this learning block!
What are the differences between animal cells and plant cells ?
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Draw an animal cell
You will need
- colored pencils, crayons, or markers
Define the Parts of an animal cell
Watch the video about the job of each part of an animal cell. Use this vocabulary organizer from freeology.com or a plain sheet of paper to list each part and its function.
Build an Animal cell model
Create a model of an animal cell. Be sure to label all the parts. You can use any materials you have on hand. Here is one example from homegrownlearners.com.
Or try to build a model with clay, playdough, or recycled materials!
Create a page for your science notebook
Based on what you learned about animal cells, create a page in your science notebook including the following:
If you drew an animal cell, include it on your page.
Pay attention to any new vocabulary you encounter in this lesson. Write down the new words and their definitions.
Record any questions you have that remain unanswered. Take the time to research further and find the answers. Record those in your notebook.
Write, or create a video recording, summarizing what you learned.
Keep your science notebook page for your portfolio.
Books About Animal Cells
Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library.
Cells: An Owner’s Handbook Read Aloud
Choose at least one.
Create a powerpoint or google slides presentation
Watch the video below to dig deeper into learning about animal cells and explore Endosymbiotic Theory.
Use Powerpoint or Google Slides to create a presentation about animal cells. Be sure to include the parts of the cell, the functions of the cell, and what you learned about Endosymbiotic Theory from the video.
Include your presentation in your portfolio. Write a description and then provide a link.
Create a detailed drawing of an animal cell and label all the important parts and functions. Read these tips on how to create clear scientific drawings. You can watch the video below for more tips.
Keep your drawing for your portfolio.
Write a Script
Bring the parts of an animal cell to life. Write a short play, or monologue using the parts of a cell as your characters. Include all of the important details. Your goal is to transport your reader, or watcher inside a cell.
- What job each cell part has to perform
- How different cell parts relate to each other
- What type of personality each cell part might have if they were people
- What you want your reader/watcher to remember
Write your script, and then cast and perform (or video record) your play or monologue.