Cell City

Cell City!

In this week’s lesson we learned all about cells, the microscopic units that are the building blocks of all living things. Students discussed the size of cells and investigated all the microscopic parts or “organelles” that have important jobs within each cell.  They then had a chance to show off their knowledge and build their own cell models.  Groups competed to see which team could complete their model first.   In order to earn organelles for their models, groups had to successfully answer instructors’ questions.   They then received that part or their model (eg. plastic bag for cell membrane; ping pong ball for nucleus). 

This was an interactive way for students to learn about and build their own cells.  For easier understanding, every part of the cell was related to things you would find in a city (eg. nucleus was city hall as it is the “planner” of the cell and mitochondria are the power plants).  

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Leighann

Leighann Sullivan earned her BS in Biology from Cornell University. For a number of years she taught math, science, and language skills at a secondary school for learning disabled students. She subsequently earned her PhD in Biochemistry and Cell Biology from Rice University. Her dissertation was entitled, “Molecular and Genomic Analyses in Clostridium acetobutylicum.” When not pursuing academic interests she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading, and experimenting in the culinary arts.

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