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Part 1 Cell Model

You will make a model of a plant or an animal cell. You are to creatively use materials to design and construct your own three-dimensional cell. You are encouraged to use cheap or free materials.  Please DO NOT buy a bunch of supplies for this. Try to make do with stuff you find around your house.  Some suggested materials for making the models include: glue, plastic wrap, rubber bands, yarn, twine, buttons, split peas, spaghetti, take out containers, paper towel tubes, Twizzlers, sprinkles, etc.  Do not limit yourself to these materials.  Be creative!

You must label the following cell parts that are appropriate to your cell:

Cytoplasm                   Cell membrane                                    Cell wall                      Chloroplast     

Mitochondrion             Nucleus                                   Vacuole                                   Endoplasmic reticulum

Golgi bodies (apparatus)   Lysosomes                         Ribosomes                   Other special features

Use the drawings in your textbook as guides in making your models (p. 20 and 21).  Also, rely on your class notes and use other resources.  A couple of great websites with more information are:  and (

You must make a chart or description cards describing each organelle and its function.


Possible Cell Types of Virus

  • muscle
  • nerve (neurons)
  • bone
  • red blood cell
  • white blood cell
  • epithelial (skin)
  • lung tissue
  • heart tissue cells
  • retina
  • sperm/egg
  • E.coli
  • Salmonella
  • Streptococcus
  • Staphylococcus
  • Bugonis Plague or Black Death (Yersinia pestis)
  • Tetanus
  • Influenza virus
  • Rhino virus
  • HIV
  • Smallpox
  • multiple sclerosis
  • HPV
  • Giardia (protist)
  • Cryptosporidium
  • Plasmodium (malaria protist)