Lesson Plan

Eukaryotic cells

In this lesson, students will learn the form and function of the organelles within a eukaryotic cell.
  • Teach their peers about the organelles of a eukaryotic cell.
  • Design a graphic organizer explaining the form and function of the organelles eukaryotic cell.
Grades 9
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1 Hook/Anticaptory Set (4 min)

Activity: Conversing

Teacher: Turn lights off. Cold call on random student, “How do you think class would be if we left all the lights off today? Why might it be difficult to work in these conditions?” Students respond to each question. (2 min)

“What do you think would happen if we turned our noses off for the day?” Students respond. (2 min)

“How do the parts of our body control the big picture? Where else is this seen in the body? How could we function without our cells? Students respond to each question. (1 min)

2 Step one: Think (23 min)

Randomly hand out notecards with organelles written on them; Endoplasmic reticulum, nucleus, cytoplasm, cytoskeleton, ribosomes, mitochondria, lysosomes, Golgi body.  There will be two students to each organelle. (3 min)

Students will work independently to research the form and function of the organelle they were assigned to.  (20 min)


Student Instructions

Silently research your organelle using the given resources. Become an organelle expert!

3 Step two: Pair (21 min)

Free, Paid

Have students pair up to discuss the information they found.  They will collaborate on their material in order to prepare themselves to present to the class. (20 min)

Together, the pair of students will create a city analogy. Teacher asks, “How is your organelle like a part of a city? For example, a taxi could be like an organelle that transfers information inside of the cell.” (1 min)

Student Instructions

Presentation requirements:

1. Includes a picture (form) of your organelle.

  • Describes traits of the organelle (shapes, size, etc)

2. Includes the function of organelle. Why is it important to the cell?

3. Includes an analogy relating their organelle to a part of a city.



4 Step three: Share (40 min)

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As “experts”, the pair of students will share their information about the form and function of their assigned organelle to the class.  They will explain their analogy at the end of the presentation. (5 min for each group)

Student Instructions

During Presentations:

Fill out the Eukaryoticville graphic organizer.

5 Closure/Wrap-up (30 min)

The students will explore Boston, MA on Google Earth to create an analogy of each organelle.  They will find an image of a part of the city and copy it to a separate document on OneNote.  The students will explain how the city would suffer if each of the city parts no longer functioned. (30 min)

Student Instructions

Use Google Earth to find parts of Boston, MA that act in a similar way to an organelle. (i.e. Cell membrane is like a city border)

Screenshot a picture of the city part and place it on Microsoft OneNote

Under each picture, explain how the city would suffer if that part was no longer there.