Introduction to Plant Cells

The focus of our 4th-6th grade Española River Classroom this year is Biology. We’ve spent a good deal of time out at Abiquiu Lake while the weather has been nice, but last Wednesday it was time to hit the classroom to discover the wonders (and organelles) of plant cells!

Our students began by doing some independent research in teams to determine the functions and characteristics of different organelles of plant cells.

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Students researching the functions and characteristics of organelles
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Students researching the functions and characteristics of organelles
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Students researching the functions and characteristics of organelles
After completing their research, students presented their findings to the class so that everybody could create a chart of organelles.
After completing their research, students presented their findings to the class so that everybody could create a chart of organelles.

After all of this research, our students got a tutorial on how to use a microscope, as well as how to create a wet mount of onion skin and stain it. Our fantastic new teacher, Audrey, did a great job sharing her extensive knowledge of Biology with the students!

Audrey explains the parts of a microscope
Audrey explains the parts of a microscope
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Students, meet Microscopes!
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Checking out the slide with onion skin
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Spreading the onion skin out on the slide
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Placing the cover on the slide

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IMG_8043After all this work, students were able to see plant cells at 100x magnification. On several slides, we were even able to pick out the nucleus and nucleolus of the plant cells!

An onion cell with nucleus
An onion cell with nucleus

Next up: animal cells!

Christy

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