Cell City Project - You are the Designer!

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How can something as large as a city and as small as a cell have anything in common? That is exactly the question young scientists explore with this engaging life science project. Choosing to focus on a city, school, factory, or other large-scale structure, students create posters describing analogies between each organelle in a plant cell and their urban equivalents.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use this as a final project for a life science unit on plant cells
  • Extend the project by having learners use the information recorded in the analogy worksheet to create a written essay
  • After finishing their projects, perform a gallery walk with students providing positive feedback on each others work
Classroom Considerations
  • The PowerPoint presentation and worksheet include references to Ocean City, MD, but these resources can be used regardless of your geographical location
  • Includes a PowerPoint presentation that explains how the organelles of a plant cell are comparable to different parts of a city
  • A graphic organizer is provided that supports learners with making analogies between plant cells and cities
  • A rubric is included for assessing young scholars' projects
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