Introduction to Cells

Type of Resource



In this minds-on analysis and discussion activity, students learn about the characteristics shared by all cells, the differences between prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, and the differences between animal and plant cells. Students analyze the reasons why cells are so small. They also learn about the diverse chemical capabilities of prokaryotes, the functions of the organelles in eukaryotic cells, and how organelles work together to accomplish the activities of life.

Performance Expectations

MS-LS1-2   Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.