Last unit we studied a Prokaryotic cell (Bacteria) and now we are ready to learn the structures in a Eukaryotic cell. While learning about the organelles inside a cell we will also learn about the levels of organization (cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and organism). Learning about plant cells, tissues and organs will lead us into the next unit of plants & ecology.

Quizzes/ Test

  • Cell Pop Quiz #1: learn the location in the cell and the function of: nucleus, ribosomes, nucleolus, endoplasmic reticulum, cytoplasm, chromosomes and Mitochondria. You should also remember the following from the bacteria unit: cell wall, cell membrane and cytoplasm. This quiz will be 14 questions and taken with the remotes. Students will get immediate feedback on which questions they missed.

  • Cell Pop Quiz #2. 20 multiple choice questions. Includes all organelle structure and function (what they look like and what they do). Study the flashcards below next to Plant Cell and Animal Cell flashcards Quizlet.

  • Unit 1 review is in your packet. The test for cells is 44 questions. The best way to study is to look over the review in your packet. Another great way to study are the flashcards.

          • There are 20 questions that are covered in the plant flashcards below.

          • 4 multiple choice questions are from the bacteria flashcards below.

          • 5 questions are from the animal cell flashcards

          • 8 questions are from Organization of Life PowerPoint and flashcards that are created to help you test your knowledge.

          • 2 Questions on the cell theory

          • 4 questions about energy in the cell, why energy is needed and important

Labs & Activities

  • Some years when time allows: A brief introduction on Viruses - homework assignment and an in class virus model.

  • Project: Cell Park Brochure: create a brochure to a Cell Attraction. Completed mostly in class.

  • Cell Structure Microviewer: looking at specialized cells in plants and animals.

  • Vacuole Lab: a closer look at water movement into and out of the vacuole of a plant cell. Try this simulation.

  • Mitochondrial Disease: reading article that looks at the importance of the Mitochondria.

  • Virtual Reality Cells - using the VR sets to enter a cell (honors when time allows)

  • When time (this unfortunately usually gets skipped for time) Cell specialization "poster": The "poster" project will be done with Google Drawings. Students will choose one specialized cell in the human body (there are over 200 to choose from) to research.


  • Taking a closer look at the cell membrane (demo only, it doesn't work on chromebooks).

  • Neuron with flash (macbook in class) or Neuron for Chromebooks

  • Glencoe Virtual Lab: Osmosis. This lab goes with the Vacuole lab - a quick demonstration on what we should see while putting plant cells in pure water and salt water.

  • Review the organelles of an animal and plant cell.


Old Flashcards: Bacteria Flashcards if you need to review the ribosomes, cell wall, cell membrane and cytoplasm. This unit assumes that you learned this information so reviewing it is a good idea!

Pop Quiz #1: Learn the organelles: nucleus, nucleolus, ER, ribosomes, chromosomes and cytoplasm

Quiz #2

  • Plant Cell flashcards. 15/20 questions on Pop Quiz #2 are in this set.

  • Animal Cell Flashcards. This set will help with your understanding for Quiz #2 with similar information in the plant cell flashcards. Also has 3 unique questions that are found on the quiz.

General Flashcards to help you learn the organelles of a cell.

Organization of Life flashcards that help you review for the unit test.


MS-LS1-1. Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

MS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.

MS-LS1-3. Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

An introduction to LS1-3 is given in this unit, but we go into more detail 4th quarter.