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Cell City

14-18 yrs old

Science

The students will create a representation of the cells as a city. Each cell part will be a structure in the city.

avatar Submitted By: Noa Lahav

February 10, 2017

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Peer Assesment Survey

Survey form for collaboration peer assessment.

Supporting Files

Lesson plan


Learning Objectives

  • 1. The students will describe the name and function of some of the cell parts: nucleus; cytoplasm; mitochondria; membrane: chloroplasts; cell wall; vacuole. 2. The students will create a representation of the cells. 3. The students will evaluate the work of their peers. 4. The students will improve their critical thinking skills. 5. The students will develop their creativity.

Guiding Ideas

1. List the names and functions of animal and plant cell types.

2. Think of each part as a structure in a city. What structure would each part be, and why?

3. Build your city in Minecraft, and post a sign next to each structure with its name and the cell part it represents.

 

Note: I would like to thank Minecraft Mentors Shane Asselstine and Benjamin Kelly for their assistance.

Student Activities

• Students will be working in groups of five.

• The task is to build a city. Each building will represent a different cell part: nucleus; cytoplasm; mitochondria; membrane: chloroplasts; cell wall; vacuole.

• The students will add an identifying sign next to each building stating the name of that building and the name of the cell part the building represents.

• They will create a portfolio using the camera and export it to OneNote Class Notebook.

• The students will present their work to the class and explain their model.

• Each team member will evaluate every other team members’ collaboration.

 

 

Performance Expectations

• Scientific knowledge: accurate description of the cell parts and their functions – 30%

• Presentation: clear and articulate explanations – 30%

• Creativity: The use of original materials and structures- 20%

• Teamwork: a weighted score of the teacher’s and the team members’ scoring - see link to survey.

 

Skills

  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking

External References

Peer Assesment Survey

Survey form for collaboration peer assessment.

Supporting Files

Lesson plan


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