Unit 3-B: Cell structure & function

by S. Henderson
 (adapted from the work of Niki Walker, Twin Falls H.S.)

Manzano H.S.
October 2004

UNIT OBJECTIVES:  By the end of this unit you should be able to
1.    Correctly use a microscope,
2.    Identify the main ideas of the cell theory,
3.    Compare and contrast the structures and functions of prokaryotes with eukaryotes, and
4.    Compare and contrast plant and animal cells.

ASSIGNMENT LIST:  You may turn in work that adds up to 100 points, not including what is required.  Make sure to turn in all the work for this unit by the due date listed above. 


_____  “e” Lab – Microscope                                                20 pts
_____  Test #6: Cell Structure & Function                        {Separate grade – 30 pts}

"C" LEVEL WORK:  65 points max (55 pts. min)

_____  Listen to lecture and take notes.  Day 1  2  3     5 pts/day     
_____  Watch video(s) on cells and take notes.    5 pts/video
_____  Do the Section Review questions for Ch. 8.    10 pts/Review
_____  Rewrite Section Objectives as questions and answer them.    2 pts/Objective
_____  Do any 2 Workbook pages for Chapter 8.     5 pts/Page
_____  Properly label a Cell Diagram worksheet.    5 pts
_____  Build an edible 3-D model of a eukaryotic cell.  Include all parts and a key.    10 pts
_____  Make a concept map with all key terms from each chapter.    10 pts
_____  Make flashcards for all key terms & learn them. I’ll randomly choose 10 and quiz you.  You’ll get one point for every one you get right.    10 pts
_____  Write a song that summarizes the chapter.  Perform it for at least 2 people.    10 pts
_____  Make a board game about organelles.  Make sure it has clear-cut rules and a playing surface.    10 pts
_____  Write an original story that involves cell organelles as characters.    10 pts
_____  Make a crossword puzzle using any 20 vocabulary words.  Exchange with a buddy.    10 pts
_____  Compare and contrast the structure of plant v. animal cells in a neat poster.    10 pts

"B" LEVEL WORK:  Choose only one assignment, worth 20 points.

_____  LAB: Compare different cell types by preparing wet mounts of 4 kinds of cells (cork, Elodea, cheek cells, and algae).  Make colored drawings of what you see.  Label all identifiable parts. 20 pts

_____  Create an ad campaign for one organelle we studied.  Assume that you are trying to sell it to aliens who visit Earth.  Why do they need it?  Why is it the best organelle to have?  Pitch your campaign to 3 or more people.  You may wish to consider having a slogan and visuals.    20 pts

_____  In a group write a play that consists of at least 6 organelles in their day-to-day activities within a cell.  Perform your play for an audience of 5 or morepeople.  It may be performed for the class.    20 pts

"A" LEVEL WORK:  Choose only one assignment, worth 25 pts.

_____  Imagine that you work for the Unemployment Office or a “headhunter” agency as an employment consultant.  One of the scientists who  contributed to modern cell theory is out of work and needs some help writing his resume.  It is your job to help him do this so that he can find a job.  (Before starting, do some research on this scientist’s achievements and on resume writing.)    25 pts

_____  Do cells need a nucleus to function?  In a 250-word paper, explain how cells without a membrane-bound nucleus are able to survive.  Cite at least 3 examples.    25 pts

_____  Should doctors and scientists be able to use body tissues from patients for research purposes?  Should  the patient (or the patient’s family) receive some kind of monetary compensation?  Do some research and give 1 example of a patient who has contributed to research in this way.  Was he/she compensated?    25 pts


A                      B                  C                D               F
90-100 pts    80-89 pts    69-79 pts    58-68 pts    0-57 pts