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Animal Cell Tour

14-18 yrs old

Science

Allow students to explore a 3D model of a cell in Minecraft, gathering information about each organelle from researchers as they explore.

avatar Submitted By: Stephen Elford

September 27, 2018

Skills

  • Critical Thinking

External References

Full Teacher Lesson Plan

A full outline of the lesson to support you to run this activity.

Student Worksheet/Booklet

The worksheet/booklet for students to fill in.

World Download

Download world file for Minecraft: Education Edition.

Learning Objectives

  • VCE Biology Unit 1: Area of Study 1; Outcome 1 • the ultrastructure of plant and animal cells in terms of their organelles and identification of these organelles using the light microscope and electron micrographs.
  • VCE Biology Unit 3: Area of Study 1; Outcome 1 • the role of different organelles including ribosomes, endoplasmic reticulum, Golgi apparatus and associated vesicles in the export of a protein product from the cell through exocytosis

Guiding Ideas

What do all the organelles in cells do? What do they look like?

This map is a 3D representation of an animal cell created in Minecraft with supportive 'researchers' throughout that help students gather information about the organelles, their roles, and how they might be able to remember what it is they do.

Student Activities

There is a complete lesson plan/outline in the "External References" section but below is the quick version.

Students take a tour through the virtual animal cell, talking to experts about each organelle, and fill in a real world booklet (also in the "External References" section). Students take images that represent the organelles for them for utilising in their revision.

As an indication it took my students around an hour to complete this activity fully.

Performance Expectations

Students will explore the virtual representation of the cell.

Students will collect and interpret information about each organelle and write this information in a summary booklet.

Skills

  • Critical Thinking

External References

Full Teacher Lesson Plan

A full outline of the lesson to support you to run this activity.

Student Worksheet/Booklet

The worksheet/booklet for students to fill in.

World Download

Download world file for Minecraft: Education Edition.

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