1: Read description of cell city analogy
2: Read rubric of cell city analogy project.
3: Read calendar of cell city analogy project.
Cell Analogy Project Description
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.” Also plant and animal cells have some
similar parts and some parts that are not similar.
It’s only common sense that if you are able to relate things you
learned in class to everyday things, you’ll remember it better. It’s
not every day that you and your friends sit around the mall
discussing the rough endoplasmic reticulum. However, you
probably do discuss things like cars, your homes, and 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
You will come up with an analogy for the cell
of your choice and its organelles. Your analogy
will be represented in the medium of your
choice so long as you are able to hit all the key
points on the rubric. You should compare
roles of 7 organelles to a part of the analogy.
Example: the Cell City
The nucleus of a cell is the main control center of the cell.
It holds all of the information needed forthe cell to function
properly. Therefore, it is like city hall because this is where
the information, policy and governing is done to run the city.
The mitochondria of a cell are where energy (ATP) is
created through the breakdown of glucose(fuel) in a
process known as cellular respiration. In a city, the power
plant would be similar to a mitochondria because this is
where electricity (energy) is made from fuel (coal) in a
process known as combustion.
Cell City Analogies Rubric.
Analogy reasoning:3 pts each = 21 total points
Representation: 3 pts each = 21 total points
Creativity: 10 total points
Appearance: 5 pts total points
On time and complete: 4 points
TOTAL 60 points
The cell part and city part do have a relevant common structural and/or functional characteristic.
An airplane is like a car because they both move and produce CO 2
The relationship between the cell part and city part is questionable, and the supporting reasoning is flawed.
A student is like a book, because they both read.
The relationship between the cell part and city part is illogical or not explained
Mars is like a jellybean, because it’s red.
Genes are like computer programs
The city part combines features of both the cell part and city part.
A transport vesicle analogy that can move.
The city part is recognizable
A model factory has a smokestack.
The city part is totally unrecognizable, or missing,
Is that city hall? I thought it was a pterodactyl.
5-6 points: Stick figure drawings on notebook paper, etc.
7-8 points: 2d Sketch, or digital representation. Color.
9-points: A creative project. A model, video, poem, or just about anything you want.
10 points: Over the top. Stands out. Demonstrates analogy clearly and insightfully.
3: There’s some issues with the product (a sketch on wrinkled paper,
a video with lots of dead air, etc…)
4: The product is generally well put together. A few minor defects or
oversights don’t hide the fact it’s well done.
5: An attention to detail has resulted in a finished product that is neat,
well constructed, and has some aesthetic quality.
• 3-D Model