I am need of a fun and creative teaching aid about cells. I would like it to be some sort of demonstration. I am a pre-service teacher and need to do a demonstration for my clinicals. Please let me know if you have any ideas.
Being from USU, use Dr. Warnick's the activity from the cellsalive.com website, and click on the mitosis on the lefthand column. He also has an activity for introducing what each organell does in the cell that involves the students. It's the one I use in my Ag Bio class.
In my classes we make edible cells using candy. We also look at cells under the microscope that students collect such as cheek cells and onion cells.
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I made some BINGO cards with the organelles. I read the function and the students must know the definition and function of each. I laminated the cards so that they can make a small mark with a dry erase marker and it can be easily wiped off in the end. This is a great review game for students and they seem to really get into it. There are numerous online bingo card makers that will sort the words differently to give you many variations of the cards.
Hope that helps.
Being a CASE teacher, I do a lot of activities with cells. I start by having my students view the animated animal and plant cell models using http://www.cellsalive.com. These models allow them to view all the different organelles, and as they click on them, I have the students record the function of each organelle in a chart I also have them sketch models of both cells. From there, I have each student choose an organelle and create an organelle Glog using Glogster. Glogster is a lot of fun for them, and allows the students to creatively show what they know about their organelle. Here is a link to a sample Glog about the chloroplast: http://tmorey.glogster.com/chloroplasts/. Finally, if you have access to iPads, the 3D CellStain app is a neat way for students to view cells in 3D and do virtual stains to see what they organelles really look like inside actual cells. Hope this helps and good luck!
I cant view the sample glog. Do you need a special kind of program to open it?
I fixed the link, so everyone should be able to view the chloroplast Glog as long as they have flash installed on their computer. Sorry it wasn't working earlier!
Like Cathy, I have the students make edible cells. We use sugar cookies as the base, then frost them and add different types of candy to respresent lysosomes, golgi, etc. For mitosis and meiosis, we used oreos split in half and then used sprinkles on the frosted half of the oreas to represent each stage. The students loved both activities! They told me the oreo activity really helped them understand mitosis/meiosis.
Could you post or email me the oreo activity that explains cell division? That sounds like a great idea.
I don't have a specific worksheet or lesson plan. I just had the students take a piece of white printer paper and draw a grid on it. On one column they demonstrated each phase of mitosis/meiosis with their oreos and sprinkles, on the other column they described the phase using specific terminology. I hope that helps more! Feel free to email me if you have any other questions!
I love the oreo idea and plan on using it tomorrow in class. I created a lab sheet to go along with it.
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