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Cell Analogy Activity Resources needed: 1. Your book titled, “Cells and Heredity” 2. website http://www.biology4kids.com/files/cell_main.html Pre-activity questions 1. Look at the levels of organization for complex life, such as humans, below. Fill in the missing units of organization (see your notes if needed) Organism _____________ ___________ ____________ ___________ Organelle 2. Which of the levels in question 1 above represents the smallest life can be an still be considered living? 3. Most life contains cells that have organelles including a nucleus. What are these types of cells called? 4. What kingdoms of life have these types of cells? 5. Types of life made of cells that do not have organelles or a self contained nucleus are said to have cells that are of what type? 6. What kingdoms of life have these types of cells? Activity Questions Let’s focus only on life that is made up of only eukaryotic cells. As you know these types of life have cells with a defined nucleus and specific organelles. The remainder of this activity will focus on helping you understand what each organelle does and how it helps keep the cell along with the entire organisms alive and healthy. 1. Do you know what an analogy is? YES / NO (circle one) 2. Give me an example of any analogy you can think of. I don’t care what the topic is. Go to this website http://www.biology4kids.com/files/cell_main.html 3. Find out what the chloroplast does in a plant cell and record below in your own words. 4. Now that you know what a chloroplast does in a plant cell I want you to write an analogy comparing a chloroplast to some other object you know of. Writing this analogy will prove whether or not you really know what a chloroplast does. 5. Find out what the nucleus does in a cell and record it below in your own words. 6. Now that you know what a nucleus does in a cell I want you to write an analogy comparing a nucleus to some other structure you know of. Writing this analogy will prove whether or not you really understand what a chloroplast does. 7. What does the vacuole do in a cell? 8. Write an analogy for the vacuole. 9. What does a mitochondria do in a cell? 10. Write an analogy for the mitochondria.
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