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What's Your Function?

Catherine Densmore
Citrus County Schools


This activity is a creative way for students to learn and know the parts and functions of an animal cell.


The student knows the essential functions in cells.


- White drawing paper
- Pencil
- Colored pencils
- Copy of rubric in the assessment section
- Definitions of parts and functions (from book – [Science Voyages] Glencoe/McGraw Hill, New York, 2000)
- Overhead of animal cell or diagram in book (from book –[Science Voyages], Glencoe/McGraw Hill, New York, 2000)


1. Gather materials for activity.
2. If using an overhead of animal cell, make sure projector is in working order.
3. Find overhead transparency of animal cell showing the parts of the cell or diagram in student book. (Glencoe, [Science Voyages], red level)
4. Make copies of rubric for each student or put on chart or board.


*Students should have already read information and studied diagrams about animal cells. They have also written the definitions for each part of the cell.

1. Review the overhead or diagram of an animal cell with the class, including the shape and form of the cell, pointing out the parts of the cell and the function of each part.

2. Pair students to review the parts of a cell and the function of each part from their definitions, move students if needed. (give students 15 minutes to review).

3. At the end of 15 minutes have students go back to assigned seats if needed.

4. Review rubric located in the assessment section with students. This can either be duplicated or written on a chart or the board.

5. Students get out pencils.

6. Hand out white paper and colored pencils.

7. Students draw a cell, draw the parts found in the cell, label the parts, and write the function of each part. Circulate and offer assistance to students.

8. Color the drawing. Colors should help establish the cell parts. (Any colors can be used).

9. Title the drawing.


Use completed diagram to formatively assess the student’s knowledge of the functions of the parts of an animal cell. Teacher observation will also be used as the students are working on the activity. The rubric below includes the criteria for successful performance.
-Animal cell is drawn with correct shape and form
-All of the cell parts are labeled
-All the functions of the cell are included
-The diagram parts are in different colors so as to distinguish the parts.

-Most of the animal cell is drawn in the correct shape and form
-At least nine of twelve parts are labeled
-At least nine of twelve functions are included
-Most of the diagram is in color to show the parts

Needs Revision
-The cell is the wrong shape and/or form
-Less than nine parts are labeled
-Less than nine functions are included
-The diagram parts are not in color which makes it hard to distinguish them.

Students who do not score acceptable or above need feedback and additional time to show mastery.
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