Cells Analogy Mural Project
This project is an opportunity for you to show your understanding of cells. There are two
components: a mural created by your group and a report written by each student.
The Group Task:
1. Create an analogy between a cell with all its parts and organelles, and something in real-
life. Analogies to choose from include: a sports team, a city, a house, a factory, or a
2. Make sure that each cell part/organelle has a match in your analogy, meaning that they
have similar roles/jobs.
3. Create a mural that explains/demonstrates how your analogy is like a cell. This product
a. Display how each part of your analogy is like its match in a cell.
b. Use the entire piece of paper.
c. Use a variety of media (magazines, drawings, newspaper, construction paper,
limited text, photos).
d. Have a background that is cohesive.
e. Use your creativity!
4. Structures to include
Plastids or Vacuole
1. Be responsible for a portion of the organelles on the mural.
2. Write a report describing the parts of the mural and why they are like organelles in a
1. You can use the textbook, or any other book that describes cell parts and their
2. You can use Internet resources to find information about cell parts and their functions. I
have some posted on the class website.
3. You can use your class notes (although they will not be enough alone).
Beginning Developing Accomplished Exemplary
(6 points for each) (7 Points for each) (8 Points for each) (10 points for each)
One of the Includes all organelles
Three of the Two of the
Mural organelles is and appropriate
organelles is missing or organelles is missing
missing or the functions.
the function is or the function is
(Content) function is
- Work is completed
- Work is completed - Work is completed
on time. - Work is completed on
on time. on time.
Mural - More than one mural time.
-More than one -One mural
requirement is not -All mural requirements
mural requirement is requirement is not
(Work Habits) present. are present.
not present. present.
-Work was not shared -Work was shared
-Work was shared -Work was shared
equally equally .
<OR>Group -Group interactions
-Group interactions -Group interactions
interactions were not were positive.
were positive. were positive.
Individual Work - One cell analogy is -One cell analogy is
- More than one cell
incorrect. incorrect. -Cell analogies show
analogy is incorrect.
(Content) -Construction -Construction knowledge of function.
follows standard follows standard -Construction follows
form. form. standard form.
-Spelling & mechanics
-Spelling & -Spelling & -Spelling & mechanics in
in report are error-
mechanics in report mechanics in report report are error-free.
are error-free. are error-free.
Wed. through Friday (11/4-11/6) will be in-class days to work on the mural.
Completed murals must be brought to class on Wednesday, November 11.
Individual reports are due Friday, November 13.