1 class periods of 60 minutes each
This is a commonly done activity to teach microscope skills and the differences between plant and animal cells.
- elodea or onion cells
- methyl blue stain or iodine
- microscope slides
- cover slips
- prepared slides
- optional: a flex-cam to view the cells as a class
Background for Teachers
Students need little background for this activity and this could be done as a beginning inquiry activity and students could discover the differences and similiarities on their own
- Assign students to microscopes and describe location for storage and cleanup
- Read the student sheet attached with students.
- Allow time for students to work on the lab.
- Show students the flex-cam view of the cells if possible.
- Students follow directions and perform activity………………4
- Student make observations and record data………………….4
- Student correctly answer analysis questions………………….4
- How are plant and animal cells alike? They are small, have some parts that are the same and perform life processes.
- How are plant and animal cells different? Plants have a cell wall and chloroplasts (making them green) and are often squarely shaped.
- Was your prepared slide plant cells or animal? Answers will vary
- What were clues? Shape, cell wall or chloroplasts present, color
Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.