Lesson Plan

Cells and Organelles

Students will learn about the organelles of eurkaryotic cells and the functions of those organelles. This is designed assuming a 1:1 Chromebook district technology approach.
Matthew L.
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Harry Andersen Middle School
Omaha, NE
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My Grades 7
My Subjects Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to identify and explain the functions of organelles.

Grades 7
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1 Hook

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Students will answer the prompt: "Name an important organ of the human body and describe what job it does."

Students will likely mention the heart, lungs, and brain and the functions they perform. Analogies can be made connecting many organs or organ systems of the human body and organelles within eukaryotic cells (skin/membrane, brain/nucleus, cardiovascular system/rough endoplasmic reticulum) Discuss these similarities with the class after all students have had an opportunity to respond to the prompt

2 Instruction and Guided Practice

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Students will view the CrashCourse video on eukaryotic cells and answer the questions inside the zaption tour.

Link: http://zapt.io/thjxkg89


3 Independent Practice

Students will answer a Quizizz question set on organelles and their functions. Quizizz can be set up for accuracy (no timer, so that correct answers give full points) or speed and accuracy (correctly answering quickly gives a better score).

The untimed method could be used first and then reviewed with the class before using the timed method with students. Alternatively the untimed method could be assigned as homework.

4 Wrap-Up/Homework

Activity: Creating

Students will first brainstorm ideas for a "Cell City" in which each of the organelles we have studied will perform a specific function within a city (like the analogies made in the instruction/guided practice Zaption video). Students can make their "Cell City" an actual city, a farm, a house, or any other structure or situation in which they can make analogies for each organelle.

After brainstorming analogies, students will draw and label their "Cell City". Students will be graded on the presence of all organelles and how accurately each is represented.