In this lab kids prepare slides using pieces of onion and a cheek swab so they can compare plant and animal cells. This activity provides a helpful, memorable way to learn a few key differences of plant cells vs. animal cells. 

 

All living things are made of cells. We can tell kids this or they can discover it for themselves with this activity. 

 

Use this to learn and reinforce answers to questions such as:

❑  How do plant and animal cells compare? 

❑  What do plant and animal cells look like under the microscope? 

❑  Which cell organelles can be seen under a microscope?

 

Once students try this activity, they can capture their observations using the included Lab Notes or probing questions included in the instructions. 

 

Concepts Addressed

♦  Plant cells have walls making them somewhat geometric in shape

♦  You can easily see cell walls and cell nuclei under a microscope.

♦  Most cells are colorless but can be dyed to show structures.

 

Standards Addressed   

NGSS MS-LS1- 1

VA SOL Science LS.2.b

 

Answer Keys and Teacher Notes address most questions and issues that might arise in this study—you shouldn’t have to do any outside research unless you want to.

 

Materials Needed     Microscope slides and covers, onion, food coloring, pipette, microscope

 

Prep Time   Buying onions, food coloring, microscope slides and covers; cutting the onion 

 

Teaching Time   About 40 mins depending on accompanying writing assignment.

 

Student Sheets   Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting 

 

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Plant and Animal Cells: Make Your Own Microscope Slides to Compare Cell Types

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    Answer Keys and Teacher Notes address most questions and issues that might arise in this study—you shouldn’t have to do any outside research unless you want to.

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    Terms of Use   Copyright © Carolyn Balch. All rights reserved by the author. This product is to be used by the original downloader only. Copying for more than one teacher, classroom, department, school, or school system is prohibited. This product may not be distributed or displayed digitally for public view. Failure to comply is a copyright infringement and a violation of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). Clipart and elements found in this PDF are copyrighted and cannot be extracted and used outside of this file without permission or license. Intended for classroom and personal use ONLY.