My students absolutely LOVE this lab. Each student produces a cell model using Jello to represent the cell membrane. They also use other edible materials to represent the organelles. This reinforces the three-dimensional structure of cells and also gives me a chance to review the functions and appearances of the various organelles. The best part about the lab is when the lab is finished, the cell model is edible.
This lesson was created because my students struggled to visualize cells as three dimensional structures. My students’ only exposure to cell structures were diagrams in their textbooks and it is extremely hard for them to portray the cells as multidimensional. This idea was designed to reinforce the concepts of the cell structures and functions. At the end of the lab, my students will have a better idea of what a cell looks like and all of the functions of the organelles.
My students could use the ipod touch and ipad as a resource for looking up information and images on cell. The ipod and ipad would also give us a chance to capture all of the GREAT edible cells that my students make.
There are several materials needed for this lesson. A few items include paper plates, dixie cups, plastic knifes and sppons, jello, 4 different colored fruit roll ups, sprinkles, hot tamales, chocolate covered raisins, and gum balls.