Students’ age range: 10-12
Topic: Parts of a Cell
Engage - How can I get students interested in this? Use of an interesting activity.
1. Students will be given unlabeled diagrams of plant and animal cells. Student will then label the parts as the teacher calls/write the parts of the cells. This is also a revision activity. Students will assess each other’s work.
Explore - What tasks/questions can I offer to help students puzzle through this? Use of a simple investigation
2. Students will work in pairs to compare the animal and plant cells. Each pair will be given a Venn diagram to use for their comparison. The use of a Venn diagram will be explained linked to how it is used in mathematics.
Explain - How can I help students make sense of their observations? Class presentation and discussions.
3. Students will be asked if they think that all the parts of the cells do the same thing or carry out the same functions. Students will take turn to speak and listen to each other.
4. Students will view a video on the parts of the cell. The video will stop at intervals to discuss the function.
Elaborate - How can my students apply their new knowledge to other situations? Application of what they learned.
5. Students will work in groups of four. Each group will be given a structure of the cell. Students will create a dub/song/DJ/jingle about the function of that structure of the cell. Students will be given handout to help in their preparation. Each group must include at least two parts of the cell in their presentation.