Sunday, October 28, 2012


On Friday, October 26th, students presented their 3-dimensional plant and animal cells.  There were so many creative and thoughtful cells!!! It was really delightful to see the creativity and artfulness of this project.  Students created cells that were made from recycled materials, foam, intricate design with clay, beautifully sewn fabrics, cake with different types of candies, pizza, a carved pumpkin, and legos with flagella that really move!  Some cells were edible and students did feast as it truly was a "Cell-a-bration"!!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cell Project Letter

                                                                                                     October 18, 2012

Dear Parents and Guardians,

        Students have begun a unit on The Cell, chapter 2 in the Life’s Structure and Function textbook.  We have studied all about the various organelles and parts and how each has a particular function.  Students have been assigned a project called, Building a Cell.  Students will create a three-dimensional model of a plant or animal cell.  Please see the project directions sheet for details.  

Many creative ideas are available to students and some are discussed in class.  Students are encouraged to use recyclable materials and other inexpensive objects that represent by shape, size and color the various organelles that are found in the cell.  Shoe boxes work great as well as plastic containers.  In the past some cells were made out of cake decorated with various types of candies each chosen carefully to represent the parts of a cell and some were made out of pizza.  Other cells have been made out of foam or Styrofoam.

This Cell project is due Friday, October 26th.  On this day students will present and share their projects.  The classroom will be a virtual cell museum.  I call this very special day, “Cell-a-Bration”.  We celebrate remarkable and amazing cells.  Students are allowed to eat the edible cells if they wish.  This is a really fun visual and kinesthetic activity that engages student learning of the cell as well as helping to reinforce concepts.


Mrs. Pratt

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Cell Parts and Functions Youtube video

Watch this Youtube video (4:54) and then write a paragraph to summarize what you observed.

To watch the video click the link below:

Cell Parts and Functions

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Microscope Mania Lab

Sites on the Microscope Mania Lab

  • Magnification Module
  • A-Z Microscope History
  • Microbus
  • Powers of 10
  • Virtual Electron Microscope (choose 3 specimen to draw and then provide color to your drawing)

Remember----Add color to all drawings and neatness is important!

Click the link below to find each of the sites to complete the lab.