The incredible cell project

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DUE September 15th
In Science models are used to make complex ideas easier to understand. To demonstrate your knowledge of plant and animal cells you are to construct a model that adheres to the following guidelines.

  1. Choose to make a plant or animal cell.

  1. The cell must include the following structures:

    1. Plant Cell: chloroplast, central vacuole, cell wall, ribosome, cell membrane, mitochondria, cytoskeleton, vesicle, nucleus, rough endoplasmic reticulum, smooth endoplasmic reticulum, vacuole, Golgi Apparatus

    1. Animal Cell: centriole, lysosome, cytoskeleton, vesicle, nucleus, Golgi apparatus, mitochondria, rough endoplasmic reticulum, smooth endoplasmic reticulum, ribosome, cell membrane, vacuole, nucleolus

  1. The choice of medium is open. In the past students have made play doh or clay models, Styrofoam models, fabric models, mobiles, etc. You should keep in mind that a cell is three dimensional, and that the you model must reflect that concept.

  1. Be creative! You do not need to spend money to make your model. Use materials that you have around the house as you make your cell (buttons, beads, string, pipe cleaners, etc.). If you need help with supplies come and talk to me. I am happy to help collect supplies to use from my classroom and around school.

  1. Do NOT use JELLO, edible fruit or vegetable, or anything that will spoil or spill. I want to display these models in my classroom and do not want to attract bugs! 

  1. Your cell model should be as accurate as possible. The cell parts should be located where they belong. For example: the nucleus should be bigger than ribosome’s, the chloroplast should be green, a plant cell must be rectangular or your animal cell must be circular.

  1. The cell must be identified as plant or animal. Each organelle must be fully labeled with its name and function (accurate description of its role in the cell) either on the model, OR numbered on the model and identified using a separate key containing each organelle’s full name and function. Grading rubric is attached.

  1. Use your imaginations and have fun! I am available for any questions before and after school.

Name _________________________ CIRCLE: PLANT CELL OR ANIMAL CELL

Grading Rubric for the Incredible Cell - Project
Animal Cell


Is present




1. Centriole

2. Lysosome

3. Cytoskeleton

4. Vesicle

5. Nucleus

6. Golgi Apparatus

7. Mitochondria (Need 3)

8. Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum

9. Smooth Endoplasmic Reticulum

10. Ribosomes

11. Cell membrane

12. vacuole

13. nucleolus

Plant Cell


Is present


Description of Function


1. Chloroplast

2. Central vacuole

3. Cell Wall

4. Ribosome

5. Cell Membrane

6. Mitochondria

7. Cytoskeleton

8. Vesicle

9. Nucleus

10. Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum

11. Smooth Endoplasmic Reticulum

12. Vacuole

13. Golgi Apparatus

TOTAL (for organelles and description of function) 39 points ______

Name is on front of the project 2 points ______

Cell title identifies plant or animal cell 4 points ______

ENTIRE model is a 3-dimensional representation of a cell 10 points ______

Model is neatly constructed 5 points ______

TOTAL (60 possible) __________

3-D Plant Cell Model Project Rubric

You will initially start with 60 points for your project grade. You will lose points for the following items:

  • Missing an organelle (deduct 1 point for each organelle)

  • Missing a label or number on an organelle (deduct 1 point for each label)

  • Organelle is mislabeled (deduct 1 point for each mistake)

  • Missing a accurate description for each organelle function or Illustration on the model or key (deduct 1 point for each organelle)

  • No name on project (deduct 2 points)

  • Plant cell is not square (deduct 10 points) OR animal is not circular (10 points)

  • Project is sloppy (deduct up to 15 points)

  • Project is late (deducted: 10 points per day)

  • Project is not three-dimensional (deduct 10 points

Remember: Your project grade is worth 60 points total. It is intended to help you better understand the cell and improve your grade. Please take this seriously and turn it in on time.

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