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Animal and Plant Cells

Subject: Science
Grade: Years 11-13
Resource types: Playlist
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Publish date 2008-01-08
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1. Slideshow Living things [Slideshow]   Living things
Show the slide show and ask what all living things have in common. Explain that all living things are made up of cells. Write the word cells on the screen.Ask what other types of living things there are (fish, reptiles, birds, lichens, mosses etc) and reinforce that all organisms, both plants and animals, are made of cells.
2. Slideshow Made and not made up of cells [Slideshow]   Made and not made up of cells
Play the slideshow and ask for other examples of materials which are not made up of cells, such as glass or salt.
3. Whiteboard exercise Sorting materials into two groups [Whiteboard exercise]   Sorting materials into two groups
Ask for a volunteer to come and complete the exersise by dragging the labels into the two groups on the interactive whiteboard. Briefly discuss the difference between the two groups (organic and inorganic materials).
4. Simulation Structure of living things [Simulation]   Structure of living things
Play the simulation and explain how every part of an organism is made up of cells but that they are very small in size.Explain that cells make up tissues and that tissues make up organs. Ask for examples of organs in animals and plants.
5. Whiteboard exercise Animal cell structure [Whiteboard exercise]   Animal cell structure
Explain that an animal cell has three main parts, the nucleus, cell membrane and cytoplasm. Ask which one is which and use the drop down labels to show the correct answer. Then play the three audio clips and ask for a volunteer to match up the labels to them.
6. Slideshow Animal cells under a microscope [Slideshow]   Animal cells under a microscope
Show the slides. Explain that all animal cells have the same three-part structure even though they look very different, and perform different functions within the body.
7. Simulation Plant cells [Simulation]   Plant cells
Show the simulation and ask what differences there are between the plant cell and the animal cell looked at previously.
8. Slideshow Plant cells under a microscope [Slideshow]   Plant cells under a microscope
Play the slideshow. Explain that plant cells are different shapes and sizes, like animal cells, because they perform different fuctions.
9. Simulation Chloroplasts and the cell wall [Simulation]   Chloroplasts and the cell wall
Explain that there are two important differences between animal and plant cells. Play the simulation and show where the cell wall and chloroplasts are, and say what function they perform.Ask what photosynthesis is and briefly remind students of its importance to plants.
10. Whiteboard exercise Plant cell structure [Whiteboard exercise]   Plant cell structure
Explain that there are six parts to a plant cell which the students need to know. Ask which label matches which part of the cell. Reinforce the function of each cell structure by reading out the information and clarifying any vocabulary which might be unknown to students.
11. Whiteboard exercise Comparing plant and animal cells [Whiteboard exercise]   Comparing plant and animal cells
Ask for volunteers to add the ticks to the correct boxes and for each feature remind students of the function it carries out.Summarise what the lesson has taught:- That living things are made up of cells- That plant and animal cells have features which perform functions- That plant cells have cell walls and chloroplasts which animal cells do not- that cells make up tissues and organs

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