This resource is a powerpoint presentation explaining the parts of the cell, using the metaphor of a school. I've removed the photos of some individuals at the original school, so you'll have to fill them in with photos from your own. This resource is part of the Developing Biology course which contains units on Microscopes; Biochemistry; Cells; Cellular Transport; DNA; Photosynthesis and Respiration; Mitosis and Meiosis; Genetics; and Evolution.


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  • Science > Biology

Education Levels:

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12


student-facing organelle cell



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3 Cells
Update Standards?

SCI.9-11.4.A: Science

compare and contrast prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells;

SCI.9-11.4.B: Science

investigate and explain cellular processes, including homeostasis, energy conversions, transport of molecules, and synthesis of new molecules; and

SCI.9-11.7.G: Science

analyze and evaluate scientific explanations concerning the complexity of the cell.
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2013-07-05.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

Reviewer Comments:

This slideshow highlights the functions of cell parts, using a series of diagrams, micrographs, and school-specific analogies. It also focuses on the similarities and differences between plant and animal cells. The presentation is clear and content is solid. However, the presentation may have to be modified to fit with an educator’s personal school setting. In addition, users may want to remove the (quite jarring) audio transitions.
Markell Saunders
April 30, 2013

Great idea to use the different infrastructure of a school to represent certain parts of plant and animal cells. The slideshow at the end does a great job of summing up all differences between the two types of cells. However, the only issue I observed is that if the school represents a eukaryotic cell what can be used to represent a prokaryotic cell? Another comparison that can be used for this activity is to use a jello cup and add candies that resemble cell parts into the jello, without destroying it, to see them suspended in gelatin like a live cell.

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