The pretest we took in science last week indicated the vast majority of students did not have a good grasp of the basic concepts of the cell. That included cell wall, cell membrane, nucleus, etc. Therefore we are going to go back to the basics and learn the structures of the cell and their functions. This knowledge is important when understanding things like mitosis and meiosis, which is the next step according to Core Knowledge.
This week we are continuing to learn about cell organelles, where are are located and what their functions are. One way students are learning this is through the creation of analogies for each organelle. Also, students are creating 'trading cards' for each organelle, complete with location, analogy and drawing. These will be used as both flashcards as well as cards to play a game.