Zoom in to explore the differences between a plant and animal cell with our Cells Lesson Plan. This visually engaging and informative lesson equips students to differentiate plant cells and animal cells, as well as label basic parts of a cell with a hands-on activity. Additional resources are available to deepen understanding and provide additional practice.
Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:
- Display pictures of plants and animals, and place an actual plant plus a student volunteer in the front of the room. Ask: What do all of these things have in common?
- Allow for responses and discussion. List some of the responses.
- Lead the discussion to everything is a living organism. They have life. Ask: What are the living things made from?
- Allow for responses and discussion. Lead the discussion to cells are the building blocks of all life, comparing it to different Legos creating structures.
- Distribute the Cells content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Some of the vocabulary may be difficult for younger students. Extra pronunciation practice may be necessary.
- The main idea is for students to understand the basics of cells and a few parts of a cell, recognizing the differences between plant and animal cells.
- Distribute the Activity pages. Review the instructions. Distribute scissors and construction paper. Markers for labeling.
- Once completed, allow students volunteers to share their work and explain the parts of the cell and functions of each part.
- Distribute the Practice page. Check and review with students after completion.
- Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the work with students. Use additional resources for further practice.
Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.2.7, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.7
Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 – 2 class sessions
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