What’s Happening in ELA

This week we will continue to examine visual and multimedia elements and how they contribute to the overall meaning of a text. We will also continue our opinion writing unit by developing reasons and examples to support our opinion. Our spelling focus is Greek and Latin roots. Our grammar focus is identifying and correcting shifts in verb tense. Students have reading, grammar, and spelling homework. There will be a grammar and spelling quiz Friday.

Extra Credit cell project

Cell Model Project

Consider all the different organelles that are found in a cell, and the different jobs they do. Each organelle looks very different, just as your organs look different because they do different jobs.

For this project, you will make a model of a plant OR animal cell. Your project may be either a poster or model of a cell. This can be 3-D model or can be mostly flat.

Posters

If you chose to create a poster, it must be larger than an 8.5 x 11 piece of computer paper. If not a poster board you can Tape 4 sheets of paper together to create a large poster surface.

Posters must:

  • Identify what type of cell is being shown.
  • Be colorful and organized
  • Show and describe each organelle (Name and job description)
  • Each organelle should look similar to the organelles show on the cell handouts

Models

If you chose to create some sort of model, BE CREATIVE! You may use a variety of materials to represent each organelle. A list of possible supplies are shown below. The sky is the limit! You can make edible models, or go artsy models.

*If you make an edible model: DO NOT USE ANY MATERIALS THAT WILL SPOIL OR GO BAD WHILE YOUR MODEL IS SITTING IN THE CLASSROOM.

Models must:

  • Identify what type of cell is being shown.
  • Be creative and organized
  • Show and label each organelle (name and job description)
  • Use different materials to capture the different shapes and textures of the different organelles.
These cell parts MUST be identified in your model:

Cell Membrane                                                                                                        

Nucleus                                   Vacuole/

Cytoplasm                              Chloroplasts (if plant cell)                          

Cell Wall (if plant cell)                    

Possible Model Materials:

  • Clay or Play-dough
  • Fabric
  • Pipe-cleaners
  • Macaroni
  • Beans
  • Beads
  • Glitter
  • Straws
  • Foods (non-spoiling)
    • Jell-o
    • Cookies
    • Cakes
    • Gum Drops
    • Sprinkles
    • Jelly Beans