Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Cell Mobiles!

For the boys assessment for their work with the parts and functions of the cell they had to create "cell mobiles" that included different objects that represented each of the cell's organelles and explanations of why the choose the particular object to symbolize the organelle. I remember doing a project like this in freshmen year of biology, so it is pretty cool they are doing it now... what smarty pants!

Since most of the objects the boys included to represent the cell organelle were not something you could easily hang on a mobile (for instance a fridge, a dumpster truck, and a grenade) the boys printed out pictures of the objects and pasted them onto index cards!

Daltini working diligently in his office. I told him to look miserable for the blog. This was the best he could do.
When it was time to make the mobiles we (meaning I) realized we had no dowels or anything you would traditionally use to make a mobile in our school. And since I could not run out to the local craft store to get supplies we had to get creative!

Quinn used an old egg carton we found in the back closet for the base of his mobile.

He then found some skewers to use to better "space out his organelles." What a good little mobile maker!

Dalton used a paper towel tube, some staples, and a whole lot of paper clips. I think this boy has a job in engenieering in his future!

Dalton had to create a mobile for both the plant and animal cell. Above one of his cards for the animal cell.

He used the remote because it controls a tv set just as a nucleus controls the cell.

Quinn got to choose which cell he wanted to make a mobile for.
He chose an animal cell.

And what would a grenade represent in an animal cell, you ask?

A lysosome of course, because they both break things apart and makes them smaller. Duh.

And a battery...

is like the mitochondria because it give energy to make things work!

And solar panels?

Chloroplasts! Found only in the plant cell!

The completed mobiles look great!

And I think they have helped the boys to know the cell structures and functions!

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