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Cell Project Ideas

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I showed the students two different animal cell model in class.  The "edible" one was basically a tostada sheel with peanut butter on it and then other  food "candy" used to represent the different organelles. 
 
Below are some directions for a cell using Jello:

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This projects lets the student make an edible, 3-D model of an animal cell. The various organelles of the cell are represented by fruits and candies. When you've finished making your cell and writing about it, you can eat it!

Make the light-colored Jello or gelatin, but make it with a bit less water than the instructions call for (this will make the gelatin a little stiffer and will make the cell components stay in place better). The gelatin will represent the cytoplasm of the cell. First, heat the water to boiling (use about three-quarters of what is called for in the instructions). Dissolve the gelatin in the hot water and carefully stir it. Carefully add the same amount of cold water.

Place an open plastic bag (we used 1-gallon ziplock bags) inside a sturdy container (like a large bowl or pan) - this makes pouring the Jello easier. Slowly pour the cooled gelatin into the bag - make sure that there is room in the bag for all the cell components that will be added later. Seal the bag and put it in the refrigerator.
 
When the gelatin is almost set (this takes about an hour, but depends on the temperature of your refrigerator), open the bag and start adding the components of the cell.

Re-seal the plastic bag and refrigerate the gelatin until it is fully set.

 

When the gelatin is set, you can examine your 3-D gelatin cell but do not eat it until it gets GRADED!!!

 

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The pictures from the site would not copy but the directions are here!!   Hope this helps.  You could try to use a search engine and find your own directions with pictures or ask your teacher for a copy, if you are going to do this cell model!!!
Use a "search engine on your computer and search for:
cell model or cell project to find ideas!!!

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