UNIT OVERVIEW: INCREDIBLE, EDIBLE CELL!This units topic is animal and plant cells! We will define each and determine how they are similarand different. After learning about each cell, we will do a project in class. The students will beput into groups of two where they will work together to create an animal cell and a plant cellout of candy and jello! I will provide all different types of candy that vary in size andappearance. The students will choose a candy that best fits each part of the cell. Once bothcells are finished each group will present their project to the class and explain why they chosecertain candies for each organism. At the end of this lesson students should be able to answerthe following questions:Essential Question:o How does something as small as a cell affect our life?Content Questions:o Why should we care about cells?o Why is the cell considered to be the basic unit of all life?Unit Questions:o How are plant and animal cells different?o How are plant and animal cells similar?o Can you list all the parts of each cell?
STANDARDS AND OBJECTIVESStandards:SC(5) 7. Identify common parts of plant and animal cells, including the nucleus, cytoplasm, and cell membrane.-The students will accomplish this task by correctly labeling each part of the cell during their group project.ELA(5) 12. Demonstrate eye contact, articulation, and appropriate voice intonation with expository presentations.-During project presentations, students must speak loudly and clearly, maintain eye contact, and understand whatthey are presenting.ELA(5) 13. Apply strategies of a skillful listener, including maintaining eye contact, attending to the listening task,and assigning meaning to the message.-Students will show that this standard is met when they present their projects. The students should beknowledgeable about the information and be able to recall information during a class discussion.Objectives:Students will be able to properly identify common parts of plant and animal cells, including the nucleus,cytoplasm, cell membrane, mitochondria, ribosomes, vacuoles, endoplasmic reticulum, and Golgi Bodies, aswell as the cell wall and chloroplasts, which only apply to plant cells.Students will be able to distinguish between the basic structures and functions of plant and animal cells.
EXPECTED ROLES OF STUDENTS AND PARENTSStudents: Students will be expected to work collaboratively in the groupsthey are assigned to. They will work with one other student in the classto create a plant cell and an animal cell out of jello and different typesof candy that I will provide. The students will have to label each part oftheir cell and be able to explain why they chose that specific candyfor that part. The students then will present their cells to the class.Parents: This will be an in class project so all you will need to do is go overyour child the chapter at home. You are all welcome to come watchthe cell project presentation on March 29th at 12:30!
BENEFITS OF PROJECT-BASED LEARNING• Allows students to work together to achieve a goal• Encourages students to be creative in the classroom• Allow students to build 21st century skills
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