Plant and Animal Cells

Plant and Animal Cells
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Basic Cells Lesson Plans

Plant and Animal Cells

By Oliver Smith

Cells are the building blocks of all living things. The term ‘cell’ was first coined by Robert Hooke in the 16th century when he was studying different objects using the newly-invented microscopes. The following activities are designed to help students understand the difference between and functions of both plant and animal cells.




Basic Cells

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Plant cell diagram and animal cell diagram

Storyboard Text

  • Plant Cell
  • Cell Membranecontrols what moves in and out of the cell
  • Mitochondriawhere respiration takes place
  • Nucleuscontains DNA and controls the functions of the cell
  • Ribosomewhere protein synthesis occurs
  • Cytoplasmwhere the majority of the activities take place
  • Cell Wallmade of cellulose and strengthens the cell
  • Vacuolespace filled with cell sap which keeps the cell turgid
  • Chloroplastcontains chlorophyll and location of photosynthesis
  • Animal Cell
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