7G – Upper School Science – Cell Analogy Project

Cells need to carry on the same basic functions as we do to sustain life; the difference is cells do this with much smaller parts. These smaller structures that allow the cell to function are called organelles -“tiny organs.”

To give seventh students a jump start on understanding organelles and their functions (taught in ninth grade biology), they recently completed a cell analogy project. Their assignment was to relate 14 different cell organelles and coordinating functions to an everyday situation or object. The twist was that they couldn’t use any analogies already posted on the internet; theirs had to be original. Students conjured projects around Big Ben, the Roman Colosseum, a tree house, a pond, a hamster cage, an Amazon village, an Egyptian pyramid, an oil rig, and so many other incredible, creative platforms.