Plant & Animal WebQuest

  Introduction

Cells, what are they?  What do they do?  What are they made of?  How do they work?  All living things are made up of tiny building blocks of life called cells.  This WebQuest will help you answer these questions and identify the structures and funtions of animal and plant cells.  You will also learn the similartities and differences so that you can build a model of a cell.  So, come along and learn about the very building blocks of all life.

  Task

Working with a group on this WebQuest, you will first research the various parts of a cell.  Your team will find the differences between plant and animal cells and the locations and functions of various cell parts.  Your team of 4 must be split up into Two.  A group of two people from your team will be the "Plant Cell Expert" and the other two people remaining in your group will be the "Animal Cell Expert".  Use the websites listed under RESOURCES to help you research about cells. 

      * Plant Cell Expert #1 will use and complete the Plant Cell Research Page #1.  Plant Cell Expert #2 will use and complete the Plant Cell Research Page #2.

     * Animal Cell Expert #1 will use and complete the Animal Cell Research Page #1Animal Cell Expert #2 will use and complete the Animal Cell Research Page #2.

After you have become an expert you will work in your group to make several creative products based on cells.

    

  Process

List of things to do:

All pages and websites that are needed are found in the Resources section.

       1. Research about plant or animal cells.  Complete the cell research page

       2. Label and color your cell and all of its parts.

       3. Make a informational foldable using all of the organelles.  Make sure that you include:

                   * the name of the cell structures and the description of their functions

                   * a picture of the cell part.

       4. Be creative and make a three-dimensional model of your cell that you have become an "Expert" about.  The    cell should include all the proper structures and a master identification key.  Be creative and use the supplies that are available in the classroom.

 

  Resources - Links

General

Study Tools

Resources - Files

Work Pages

  Evaluation

 You will be evaluated in several ways.  Coloring and labeling diagram as well as the Foldable will be graded conventionally and assigned a letter grade.  The 3 - D Cell will be evaluated using rubrics.  The test will be taken in class and will be assigned a letter grade based on the number of correct responses.

Project Part

Maximum Possible Points

Plant Cell Diagram

10

Animal Cell Diagram

10

3-D Cell Model with Key

50

Foldables

30

Total Possible Points

100

 

  Evaluation Rubric

4 3 2 1
Organelles Contains all appropriate organelles and goes above and beyond with quality. Contains all appropriate organelles Missing some organelles. Missing a majority of organelles
Chart/Key Key is complete and accurate, goes above and beyond. Key is complete and accurate Key is not complete OR inaccurate Key is not complete AND inaccurate
3-dimensional Cell is completely 3-D and goes above and beyond Cell is completely 3-D Cell is mostly 3-D Cell is partially 3-D
Equality of work load Work was evenly distributed 50/50% Work was unevenly distributed, 60/40% Work was unevenly distributed, 70/30% Work was unevenly distributed, 80/20% or worse.
Use of class time Student used all class time focused on completing the project and never distracted others Student used most class time focused on completing the project and never distracted others Student did not use class time to focused on completing the project OR distracted others Student did not use class time to focused on completing the project AND distracted others

  Conclusion

Cells are the very building blocks of life.  You have now learned how all living things depend on cells to perform important tasks that keep living things functioning properly.  You now have a good base of knowledge to build upon as you study this topic further in future grades.

Credits

*Helpful website to construct webquest

http://www.scsc.k12.in.us/SMS/Teachers/Martin/intro.htm

* All websites found in the Resource Section was located by using Google Search.