How Can You Make a Model of a Cell?

Purpose: The purpose of this project is to make a 3D model of a cell in order to better understand the parts and workings of a cell.

Using household items make a three-dimensional model of a plant or animal cell that meets the criteria listed below. (Sample items: cereal, balloons, gummi worms, mints, fruit slices, dried fruit, matches, gum balls, peanuts, rope licorice, jelly beans, sesame seeds, other candies, toothpicks. Craft packages also may work: clay, beads, pipecleaners..etc)

Choose what type of cell you will build, a typical plant or animal cell. Include this label somewhere on your model.

Create a KEY or label in some way each part on your model and its function.

Cell Project Rubric
Category Scoring Criteria Excellent
(3 pts)
(2 pts)
(1 pt)
Craftsmanship Model is creative, shows effort      
  The model is 3 dimensional      
  Model stays together, not too messy or difficult to move around      
Cell Parts Key, legend, or labeling is easy to use to identify parts on the model      
  Functions of cell parts included (accurate)      
  Appropriate material is used so that it looks like the cell part it is modeling      
  Parts of organized within the cell in their appropriate places      
Written Word Basic grammar, spelling on key and any other writing used in model      


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