Lesson Plan

Cell Structures and Functions

Animal and Plant Cell Organelles
Brian H.
Classroom teacher
John F. Kennedy High School, Cheektowaga, NY
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My Grades 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects Science

Students will be able to...Identify the structures and explain the functions of plant and animal cell organelles

Grades 9
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1 Hook

The hook to this lesson will be to watch a brainpop video on cells. This is just a general video on all cells. This would be considered the intro to the lesson. 

2 guided practice

ExploreLearning Gizmos
Free to try, Paid

In the next part of the lesson students will use the website explore learning .com. Students would be given the student activity worksheet packet that goes along with the gizmo for "cell structures". Students are to complete the pre-lab section of the packet. When students go onto the gizmo they will be asked to choose a type of sample to put under the microscope. Either a plant or an animal cell will be used. When the chose the sample then students need to manipulate it under the microscope. Students will see the organelles as well as a description of the function of each. As students are working throughout he gizmo they are also filling out the different parts of the activity packet. By the end they will know the cell organelles, the functions of the organelles, and the differences between plant and animal cells. This will be the end of the first of two 40 minute class period. 

3 Independent practice

The next part of the lesson will consist of students watching a video on the website hippocampus.org. The name of the video is cell structures, it is a review of cells and cell structures. The video is a total of about 20 minutes. Throughout the video students are to draw their own picture of a plant and an animal cell, label all to the organelles, and their functions. I would have them hand in the first drawing then take out another sheet of paper and have them draw label and write out all of the functions. They should be able to do this in about 10-15 minutes, without any help or resources.