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Comparing the Simple Structure of Plant and Animal Cells part of MnSTEP Teaching Activity Collection:MnSTEP Activity Mini-collection
The students will conduct a scientific investigation by using a collection of examples of simple animal and plant cells and observing to compare their characteristics. They create a cell model to begin learning the basic parts of a cell. They observe various examples of plant and animal cells parts from illustrations and use microscopes to observe real plant and animal cells. They collect data on plant and animal cell parts/characteristics from the model, illustrations, and their observations of cells using microscopes. They create a drawing or a model showing a simple plant or animal cell identifying the cell parts that will be used for assessment. This activity follows lessons using microscopes and leads to lessons on the needs of living things. This activity is a good one to introduce or reinforce the use of science journals.