Introduction to Animal Cells

After last week’s introduction to plant cells, our 4th-6th grade River Classroom students from Española were pretty excited to learn about animal cells! We began by comparing plants and animals using a Venn diagram.

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Students running to the correct place in our room Venn diagram

After learning all about animal cells and how they differ from plant cells, we observed cells from our cheeks!

Placing a cover on the slide
Placing a cover on the slide
Staining the cell to observe the nucleus
Staining the cell to observe the nucleus
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Looking at cheek cells through the microscope
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Adjusting the power objective
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Looking at cheek cells through the microscope

The differences between plant and animal cells were very obvious! We had enough time for students to collect leaves to examine, and we put together this collage showing the onion cells from last week and our cheek cells from this week. In the onion cell, the cell wall is very visible, as is the shape of the plant cell. The animal cells have no cell wall, but a nucleus is visible in both (at 400x magnification).

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Our students are doing so well- we have a whole classroom of future biologists!

Christy

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