This is a lesson for high school Biology students (usually Freshmen and Sophomores) who are studying the cellular unit. The topic of this lesson is cell parts/organelles and the functions they serve.
LEARNING OBJECTIVE/ instructional objective: Using class notes, students will each construct a 3D representation of a cell with 10 labeled cell parts.
This project is part of a larger lesson. My videos refer to a song/poem the students will be asked to write and other options for 3D cell models. This instructable is on how to make the example model: the fruit bowl version.
References (for the attatched handouts)
Armstrong, W. P. (2001) “Comparison Of Plant & Animal Cells.” Retrieved from
Step 1: Gather materials
-Handouts on cell structure-
-A clear mixing/tupperware bowl
-A few raspberries
-Two cereal marshmallows
-A couple chocolates
-A permanent marker
-Clear (or very light-colored) gelatin mix (I would pre-mix and semi-cool the mix before giving it to students to save time/confusion)
Step 2: Cutting Fruit
-Peel a banana and cut it into quarters lengthwise.
-Attatch raisins to two quarters. This can be tricky. Try creating depression in the banana with the tip of a pencil and pressing raisins into the depressions.
Cut a quarter out of the orange.
Cut apple into roughly one-inch cubes (each student will need about 3 pieces).