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Eukaryotic Cells: The Factories of Life

Students will be able to identify the main parts of a cell and to describe the basic function of each part. The students will match parts of a cell to parts of a city that have functions that are analogous to each cell part. They will then develop their own analogy and present it to the class. Finally, they will practice their knowledge using a computer-based review game.


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100 Minutes
2-4 students per group
PTI Inquiry
3.3, 3.4, 3.6, 5.3, 5.7, 5.8, 5.9, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3
Lesson Components Time Inquiry Skills Tech. Used Engage Level Brief Description
Engage 20 min 3.3, 3.4, 5.8 none 3 Students will make a detailed drawing/diagram of a restaurant, store, or theme park.
Explore 15 min 3.3, 3.4,5.3 none 3 Students will match cards containing city parts and their functions to cards with cell structures and their functions.
Explain 25 min 3.6, 5.3, 5.7, 5.8, 5.9 none 3 Students will use their drawing to make an analogy of a cell, matching cell structures to the parts of their picture that represents the function of each cell structure.
Expand 20 min - Web-enabled Device 2 Students will play computer-based games to review; matching cell parts to their functions.
Evaluate 10 min 7.1, 7.2, 7.3 none 3 Students will present their drawing to the class, explaining their analogies. Classmates (and teacher) will use a grading rubric to evaluate the analogy. Students will complete a summative assessment on cell structures and their functions. (2-3 min per group, 10 min total)

Level of Student Engagement
1     Low     Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction
2     Medium     Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance
3     High     Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered

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