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Old 01-25-2010, 09:02 AM
 
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Does anyone have any ideas for models of plant and animal cells?


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use playdoh as
Old 01-25-2010, 09:51 AM
 
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cytoplasm. Use a round plate for animal and a square one for plant. Use saran wrap to cover it all as the membrane. Have an assortment of things for them to use for cell parts. Better yet, have them plan to bring in things from home they can use. Then, they need to make a key/legend for their cell. Lots of fun and great to display.
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Old 01-25-2010, 01:33 PM
 
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We made edible cells...
Pudding was cytoplasm, Whoopers as the nucleus, licorice as the cell membrane, hot tamales for mitochondria, gummy worms for vacuoles and I can't remember anything else right now...
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shoe box lids or other shallow boxes make good cell walls. Use paper, mini pompoms and other craft/office stuff to make organelles.

styrofoam balls cut in half or sliced into several pieces are good for animal cells. Use toothpicks to hold up various items for cell parts: packing peanuts,


I stay away from using food. It's messy and someone always complains.
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using jello
Old 01-25-2010, 04:54 PM
 
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I am going to try this lesson in March. It looks like a lot of fun, and could be messy.

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For my fourth grade class last year, we studied the various parts and then as an assessment I brought in Play-Doh and they had to make models of both types of cells. I had a rubric and went around and checked each student's cells. Also you can use sugar cookies and get different candies, icing, etc. for the parts of the cells. I hope this helps!
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Old 01-25-2010, 06:01 PM
 
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We used jello, fruit and vegetables to make the cells. We put the animal cell in a plastic bag, and the plant cell in a rigid container to show the strength of the cell wall.

My kids loved the interactive cell puzzles at cellsalive.com.
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we just did this
Old 01-25-2010, 07:17 PM
 
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and it is a great visual to reference in class!
Snack bag ziploc bags: cell wall (provide support)
zipper: cell membrane (allow movement in/out of cell)
jello: cytoplasm
dried banana chip: nucleus
nut: chloroplasts (make food)
twizzler pieces: mitochondria (release energy)
air pockets in bag: vacuole
** we did not include ribosomes, even though they are also a part of the plant cell

the students had to go home and explain it to a parent. The parent had to record what their child shared with them for credit.
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Good 'ol Salt Dough
Old 01-28-2010, 08:55 PM
 
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We used salt dough in different colors to make a plant cell. It's inexpensive, quick to make, and not too messy.

The kids put the model together one afternoon, then two days later they were rock hard and easy to use to reveiw the parts of the cell.

Just one suggestion- make the salt dough the night before you make the models. I had parents donate a few bags of salt dough in advance. The bags that sat for a few days were unuseable, since they were so gooey. Luckily, I had plently of other bags ready to go that were just the right consistency.
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