Lesson Plan


Parts of the cells
Morgan c.
science para
Crosby Middle School
Crosby, TX
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects Science

Content Objective:

I can explain the characteristics of living things by creating a foldable.

Language Objective: 

I can describe the characteristics of living things using complete sentences in my foldable.

Learning Target:

I can recognize levels of organization in plants and animals. This means that cells make up tissues, tissues make up organs, organs make up organ systems, and organ systems make up organisms.


Grades 7
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1 Characteristics of Life Video

This is to Introduce The Characteristics of Life to the class. 

I would have each students write 3 facts that they learned from the video that the did not know before. 

Student Instructions

While you watch this video, write down 3 facts that you learned from the video. It has to be something that you did not know before. 

2 Characteristics of Life Powerpoint Notes

Activity: Other — Powerpoint guided notes

What is Biology?

  • Biology= the study of life 
  • Bio= Life
  • Ology= Study 

Living  Vs. Non-Living

Biotic=living  Abiotic= Non-living 

Vocabulary words that will be in this unit:

  • organelle
  • cell
  • organ system organism nucleus
  • Materials
  • organ
  • mitochondria
  • vacuole
  • cell wall
  • cell membrane
  • tissue
  • cytoplasm
  • chloroplast
  • structure
  • function  

During this lesson we are going to talk about R.A.R.E.H.O.G

The main ones we will talk about are : R.A.R.E.G :

  • R=reproduce
  • A=adapt
  • R=respond
  • E=engery
  • G= growth

The H stands for Homeostasis and O stands for Organized we talk about these two things later in another unit. 

3 Characteristics of Life Foldable

Activity: Creating

Students will create with my assistance a foldable for the characteristics of life; Reproduce, Adapt, Respond, Energy and Growth .

You will write the definition and draw a picture for the example. 

Everything that you will be putting into your foldable you will receive from a power point. 

Student Instructions

what you are going to need for this lesson:

  • 1 piece of computer paper
  • scissors 
  • pen/ pencil


  • Fold paper hotdog style
  • cut 4 cuts to make 5 flaps 
  • on the back of your foldable put your name on it and title it Characteristics of Life

Flap 1 : Reproduce: 

  • allows for survival of a species, prevents extinction
  • draw a picture of this, do not draw the act of preproduction.

Flap 2: Adapt

  • long-term changes based on environmental cues, organisms adapt for protection/survival
  • draw a picture for your definition

Flap 3: Respond:

  • Short-termed change based on a stimulus, allows things to adapt to changes and protect.
  • draw an example 

Flap 4: Energy:

  • To consume or make food so the body can do work
  • draw your example

Flap 5: Growth:

  • to get larger, body size
  • draw your example

these last two letters write in your journal!!!

H- homeostasis= to maintain balance within a body, helps living things stay regulated. 

O- Organized= living things are made up of complex things and made up of many different levels 


4 Cell Labs: Microscopes and Microviewers

Activity: Exploring

Students will explore different cells & their structure.

during this time I will be walking around the classroom to cold call to see if they can explain to me what they are learning, as well as monitor their behavior and make sure they stay one task. 


Student Instructions

Students: you are going to be in groups of 2 and you have 3 different stations you are going to have to go to.

1. Microviewers: write questions and answers as well as draw a picture of what you see inside your journal. you have a total of 8 slides to view

2. Microscopes: draw the 3 different cells and answer the 3 questions and the short answer question in your journal.

3. Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic: this is a reading station, you will read a short article and write the question and the answer choice in your journal. 

5 Ticket Out

Activity: Assessing

Ticket Out: 3 things they learned about living things

Student Instructions

you are going to answer the ticket out on a note card and turn it into our exit ticket wall: green, you 100% understand everything, yellow, you 50% understand need me to slow down, red, I have no clue what you are talking about. 

this is so I can look back and see how many students are learning in the lessons. 

  • Each cell has a specific function within an organism.
  •   What are the functions of the cells you observed?
  • Plant cells differ from animal cells in structure and function.
  •   What are some differences between plant and animal cells?
  • The shape of a cell is directly related to the function of that cell.
  • —   Do all cells have the same shape?
  • —   Why do cells have different shapes?
  • —   Is structure related to function?
  • —   What are some examples of structure being related to function?
  • —   How does the shape of a cell help the cell function?