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					Cell Analogy Project
Introduction
Cells need to carry on the same basic functions as we do to sustain life;
the difference is cells do this with much smaller parts. These smaller
structures that allow the cell to function are called organelles – “tiny
organs.”

It’s only common sense that if you are able to relate things you learned in class to everyday life,
you’ll remember it better. It’s not every day that you and your friends sit around at Starbucks
discussing the rough endoplasmic reticulum. However, you probably do discuss things like cars, your
homes, places to visit, etc… Therefore, your task in this assignment is to relate the different cell
organelles to an everyday situation or thing using an analogy.


Your Task
You have already learned how a factory can be an analogy for a cell. Now you will come up with your
own analogy for the cell and its organelles. Your analogy will be represented in the form of a small
poster that includes all of the organelles that were on your “cell structure and function” chart. Use
the factory example from the textbook as a guide, but YOUR PROJECT SHOULD NOT BE A
FACTORY!




Cell Analogy Project
Introduction
Cells need to carry on the same basic functions as we do to sustain life;
the difference is cells do this with much smaller parts. These smaller
structures that allow the cell to function are called organelles – “tiny
organs.”

It’s only common sense that if you are able to relate things you learned in class to everyday life,
you’ll remember it better. It’s not every day that you and your friends sit around at Starbucks
discussing the rough endoplasmic reticulum. However, you probably do discuss things like cars, your
homes, places to visit, etc… Therefore, your task in this assignment is to relate the different cell
organelles to an everyday situation or thing using an analogy.


Your Task
You have already learned how a factory can be an analogy for a cell. Now you will come up with your
own analogy for the cell and its organelles. Your analogy will be represented in the form of a small
poster that includes all of the organelles that were on your “cell structure and function” chart. Use
the factory example from the textbook as a guide, but YOUR PROJECT SHOULD NOT BE A
FACTORY!
The Poster There are 2 parts to the project:

Part 1: The Poster- You should have a well drawn or constructed picture of your analogy. DO
   NOT DRAW A CELL! Instead you could draw a soccer field, a school, etc. (i.e. if you were
   doing a cell factory, you would have a picture of a factory and include each of the parts of
   your analogy)

Part 2: The Analogy – On the back of your poster there should be a chart that explains your
   analogy:
       o Your chart should have these columns: Organelle in a Cell, Part on your Poster, and
           2-3 sentences explaining your analogy.
       o Here is an example of 1 part to a factory analogy project.
       o You should have a row for each of your organelles
Organelle in a Cell Part on Your Poster Analogy (2-3 sentence description that specifically explains how the
                                            part on your poster serves a similar function in a cell)
Nucleus              Control Center         The nucleus of a cell is the main control center of the
                                            cell. It holds all of the information needed for the cell
                                            to function properly. Therefore, it is like the control
                                            room because this is where the information, policy and
                                            governing is done to run the factory.)




The Poster There are 2 parts to the project:

Part 1: The Poster- You should have a well drawn or constructed picture of your analogy. DO
   NOT DRAW A CELL! Instead you could draw a soccer field, a school, etc. (i.e. if you were
   doing a cell factory, you would have a picture of a factory and include each of the parts of
   your analogy)

Part 2: The Analogy – On the back of your poster you should a chart that explains your
   analogy:
       o Your chart should have these columns: Organelle in a Cell, Part on your Poster, and
           2-3 sentences explaining your analogy.
       o Here is an example of 1 part to a factory analogy project.
       o You should have a row for each of your organelles
Organelle in a Cell Part on Your Poster Analogy (2-3 sentence description that specifically explains how the
                                          part on your poster serves a similar function in a cell)
Nucleus             Control Center        The nucleus of a cell is the main control center of the
                                          cell. It holds all of the information needed for the cell
                                          to function properly. Therefore, it is like the control
                                          room because this is where the information, policy and
                                          governing is done to run the factory.)

				
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