18 Science: Animal Cells

Objective: 

Students will explore the basic structure of an animal cell.  Students will also discuss Charles Darwin’s assertions that if it were to be discovered that organisms were too complex to have been formed over numerous successive slight modifications his theory would break down.

Materials:

  • Cell kit in Eden Hope Science Supplies
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Eden Hope Science Sheet
  • Colored pencils or thin markers

Directions:

  • Read the names of the parts of the cell to your students and ask them to color them.  They do not need to be colored the same for each student.  For example, it is fine if the nucleus is red for one student and brown for another. Keep the cell coloring time down to less than ten minutes.
  • Give your students their paper plates and the pieces for their cell.
  • The paper plate represents the cell membrane or the outer covering of the cell.
  • The pom pom represents the nucleus.
  • The tube pasta represents the Centrioles.
  • The pipe cleaners should be folded back and forth to represent Endoplasmic Reticulum.
  • The half-moon pasta represnets the Mitochondrion.
  • The bow ties represent Golgi Complex.
  • Students who have time may use the string and construction paper to create other parts if there is time

 

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Discussion:

Our children will hear about Darwin’s theories as if it is proven science.  At Eden Hope Academy, we teach students to look deeply into the thoughts and culture that surround an event and ponder the validity of the assumptions.

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