Color the Cellular Structures of the Ameba


This worksheet describes the structures of the unicellular protist known as the ameba.  Though NGSS standards do not require units on protozoans, this can still be a useful exercise for examining how structure relates to function and how single-celled organisms move, consume food, and reproduce.

What is the amoeba?

An amoeba is a type of cell or unicellular organism that can alter its shape by extending and retracting pseudopods. Amoebas are eukaryotes, which means their DNA is packaged into a central cellular compartment called the nucleus.

They also contain specialized structures called organelles, which perform a range of cellular functions including energy production and protein transport

Students read a passage that describes cell parts such as the nucleus, contractile vacuole, endoplasm, and pseudopodia and then color these structures on a drawing of the ameba.  Worksheet questions can be answered by reading the passage carefully.


Grade Level:  7-10
Time Required:  20-30 minutes

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