Animal Cell Project
PURPOSE: The purpose of this project is to help you learn more about cells and organelles. Also, it
should help you recognize that a cell has dimensions.
1. You should work on your cell project at home. You may team up with one other person from
class, or you may do it yourself. You are responsible for creating and making a cell model
whether you work on it alone or with a friend.
2. You are to make a model of a typical animal cell that includes the following organelles
Nucleus Endoplasmic Reticulum
DNA Golgi Complex
Cell Membrane Lysosome
3. The cell MUST be three dimensional! It cannot be a drawing made with markers, colored
pencils, paint, puffy paint, etc.
4. Your cell MUST have a key that includes all objects used in making your cell with the correct
identification of all parts.
5. Your cell MUST include a table (separate from the key) that describes the location of each
organelle in a typical animal cell (i.e. in the middle, on the outside, in the nucleus, etc.) as well
as the function of the organelle.
6. Use any materials (nonperishable) that you want in the construction of the cell. Be creative!
This cell does not have to look like the picture in your text book.
7. HAVE FUN!
Sample Key: Sample Table:
Nucleus Bouncy Ball Organelle Location Function
DNA Elbow Nucleus In the center Control center
Macaroni of the cell of the cell
Cell Cardboard box DNA In the nucleus Contains
Mitochondria Buttons Cell Outside of cell Controls what
Ribosome Nerds Membrane exits and
Endoplasmic Yarn enters the cell
Golgi Rubber bands Ribosome
Lysosome Jaw breakers Reticulum
Cytoplasm Plastic wrap Golgi