3D models are a fun, easy way to learn about plant and animal cells. Students are typically asked to create a 3D model that includes all of a cell’s organelles using either household or edible materials. This activity can be modified for younger grades by focusing on a few organelles: nucleus, chloroplasts (plants), cell membrane, cell wall (plants) and cytoplasm.
This activity is a fun introduction to organelles for students than memorizing from books.
Allow students to explore the function and names of organelles.
By working in teams to create a cell out of food, students will familiarize themselves with organelle names and their locations within the cell.
Differentiate plant cell and animal cell effectively.
Inspire their creativity. They will also have to consider which food item best fits the type of organelle. For example, what type of material would best represent the cytoplasm? Or a ribosome?