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Cell Parts and Function Activities for Middle School

Cells Parts and Function Middle School Structure and Function Worksheets and Activities for Middle School Science

This unit has great cell activities for middle school. Students will learn about cell parts and functions. Making a model of animal and plant cells is a great start to discussing structure and function within cells. 

Students will learn about animal cell function and plant cell function. Students will label the plant and animal cells. Students will enjoy making a plant cell model and an animal cell model and the cell organelle worksheets. Students love to put these models into their interactive notebooks. Perfect for Utah SEEd 7th grade plant cell parts and functions as well as an NGSS MS Life Science on Cells. Follow up standards can be addressed with Plant and Animal Adaptations for Middle School
 
Plant cell parts and function
 

Interactive notebook flaps can be used to record the function of each part of the cell. Students will learn the difference between plant and animal cells. Students will compare plant and animal cells. This unit is perfect for Middle School NGSS and 7th grade Utah SEEd Study of cells and cell parts and function and making a model of a cell. Human Systems is also a middle school standard. You can address Human Systems with one of these science units.

Students will love this cell model project.

Parts of a cell and their function
 

All living organisms on Earth are divided into cells. The main concept of cell theory is that cells are the basic structural unit for all organisms. Cells are small compartments that hold the biological equipment necessary to keep an organism alive and functioning. Living things may be single-celled or they may be complex multicellular beings like humans.

Foldables for Cells in Middle School Science

Plants and Animal Cell worksheets

There are smaller pieces that makeup cells such as organelles. A mitochondrion is an example of an organelle. Cells can also connect to form larger structures. They might group together to form the tissues of the stomach and eventually the entire digestive system. However, in the same way, that atoms are the basic unit when you study matter, cells are the basic unit for biology and organisms. 

Students will love this cell structure and function worksheets.In larger organisms, the main purpose of a cell is to organize. Cells hold a variety of pieces and each cell type has a different purpose. By dividing responsibilities among different groups of cells, it is easier for an organism to survive and grow.

Make a Model of an Animal Cell

animal cell model
 
 
 
The complete unit has labs, informational text articles a slide show, and response pages.
 
Making Models of Animal and Plant Cells
 
Cells: Structure and Function Middle School
Cell model project
Cells: Structure and Function Middle School

Aligned with these standards for Middle School Science

 

NGSS MS-LS1-1. Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on developing evidence that living things are made of cells, distinguishing between living and non-living things, and understanding that living things may be made of one cell or many and varied cells.]MS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways the parts of cells contribute to the function. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on the cell functioning as a whole system and the primary role of identified parts of the cell, specifically the nucleus, chloroplasts, mitochondria, cell membrane, and cell wall.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment of organelle structure/function relationships is limited to the cell wall and cell membrane. Assessment of the function of the other organelles is limited to their relationship to the whole cell. Assessment does not include the biochemical function of cells or cell parts.]
This resource is aligned with Utah SEEdLiving things are made of smaller structures, which function to meet the needs of survival. The basic structural unit of all living things is the cell. Parts of a cell work together to function as a system. Cells work together and form tissues, organs, and organ systems. Organ systems interact to meet the needs of the organism. Standard 7.3.1 Plan and carry out an investigation that provides evidence that the basic structures of living things are cells. Emphasize that cells can form single-celled or multicellular organisms, and multicellular organisms are made of different types of cells. (LS1.A) Standard 7.3.2 Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell in living systems and the way parts of cells contribute to cell function. Emphasize

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The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!

 
Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2

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Richard S

The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.

 
Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4

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2016-05-03T18:24:44-06:00

Sharon M

As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
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Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
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Heidi J

My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
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2016-05-03T18:05:39-06:00

Tina S

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
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