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Life Science: Cell-ebrating Life
by Texas Instruments - Simulation Lesson

Objectives

  • Students will explore and learn about the major components of animal and plant cells.
  • Students will learn some of the differences between animal cells and plant cells.
  • Students will learn the basic functions of animal and plant cell organelles.

Vocabulary

  • organelles
  • unicellular
  • multicellular
  • macrophage
  • b-lymphocyte
  • antibody

About the Lesson

In this activity, students will be guided through tours of both animal and plant cells. Models of both types of cells are included in the lesson and both models are interactive for the students. Students "click on" several cellular organelles and the function of the organelles appears. Following each of the interactive cell models, students are assessed - either in a formative or summative manner - on the organelles.  Guided Lesson Videos - Part 1- (Animal Cells), Part 2- (Plant Cells) are also available for this activity. The videos are targeted at students and designed to help guide them through the interactive exploration and the concepts covered within. (It may also be helpful for teachers who may be using the activity for the first time.) 

As a result, students will:

  • Learn the basic functions of the following animal cell organelles: nucleus, nucleolus, nitochondria, Golgi apparatus, ribosomes, lysosomes, rough endoplasmic reticulum, smooth endoplasmic reticulum, centrioles.
  • Learn the basic functions of the following plant cell organelles: cell wall, nucleus, chloroplasts, nitochonrdia, vacuale, Golgi apparatus, rough endoplasmic reticulum, smooth endoplasmic reticulum.