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Plant & Animal Cells Lapbook

Updated on September 10, 2015
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Free Cell Resources For Creative Learning

Cells are the fundamental building blocks of all living things, and a fantastic way to study them is through the creation of a cell lapbook.

A lapbook is a fun, hands-on learning strategy that can be customized for students of all ages and abilities. While little scientists might like to use microscopes to observe different plant and animal cells, advanced learners can use their lapbooks to research topics like cloning.

Here you'll find free resources for your cell lapbook, including diagrams, coloring pages, worksheets, interactive websites and other educational activities. Additional retail resources such as books, microscopes and slides are also featured here.

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Plant & Animal Cell Printables

The Best Free Cell Diagrams and Coloring Pages on the Web

These diagrams are all scientifically accurate but vary greatly in detail and complexity. Choose the diagram that best suits your child's academic level.

Plant Cell Printables:

  • Classroom, Jr.: A simplified, full-color plant cell diagram with labeled organelles.
  • Ask a Biologist: A complex 3D plant cell coloring page with numbered organelles. Includes space for students to name each organelle and an answer key.

Animal Cell Printables:

  • Classroom, Jr.: A simplified, full-color animal cell diagram with labeled organelles.
  • Smith Life Science: A moderately detailed animal cell coloring page with space for students to describe the function of each organelle.
  • Got to Teach!: Free downloadable animal and plant cell templates with labeled organelles.

Plant & Animal Cell Printables:

  • TeacherVision: Unlabeled 3D plant and animal cell diagrams.
  • Inside a Cell: A plant and animal cell worksheet with unlabeled diagrams and a table where students can describe the function of each organelle. Includes an answer key.

Lapbook Grading Rubric:

  • Cards and Cardigans: A checklist and grading rubric for plant and animal cell foldable projects.

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Cell Teaching Resources

Informational and Interactive Websites About Cells

Most of these websites are kid friendly but, as always, please review each website to decide which resources are best for your student.

  • Cells Alive!: Check out Cells Alive! for interactive animations of plant and animal cells and mitosis, meiosis. The site also features crossword puzzles and quizzes.
  • The University of Utah: I truly cannot say enough good things about this amazing website! Among many other cool things, this site features an interactive 3D animal cell tour with audio and an animation that puts the size of a cell in perspective using coffee beans and rice. Check it out!
  • Ask a Biologist: This website's "Building Blocks of Life" section includes colorful illustrations of individual organelles and information about Robert Hooke. Activities include a printable word search and crossword puzzle and an online cell quiz.
  • Biology4Kids: This site features loads of kid friendly diagrams, in-depth descriptions of each organelle and a tailored quiz on every page.

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Cell Worksheets and Mini Books

Free Worksheets, Notebooking Pages and Mini Books About Cells

  • Homeschool Launch: A cell notebooking page with blank space for drawing and lines for writing notes.
  • Biology Corner: An unlabeled diagram for students learning the parts of a microscope.

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Prepare Your Own Microscope Slides

How to Create Homemade Plant & Animal Cell Slides

What You'll Need:

  • Blank glass slides
  • Slide covers
  • Specimens (flowers, fruits, vegetables, blood, cheek cells, skin, etc.)
  • Dye (iodine, eosin or methylene blue)
  • Salt
  • Eyedropper
  • Needle or scalpel
  • Toothpicks
  • Paper towels
  • Water

Steps for Preparing a Basic Wet-Mount Slide:

  1. Collect a very small piece of your specimen using the needle and/or scalpel.
  2. Place a small drop of water onto the center of your blank slide.
  3. Add your specimen to the water using a toothpick.
  4. Add a tiny drop of dye and a dash of salt to the water.
  5. Carefully place a slide cover over the droplet until it lies flush with the slide.
  6. Gently touch a paper towel to the edge of your slide to remove excess water.
  7. View your slide under a microscope!

My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope - MFL-06
My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope - MFL-06

By using a microscope, young scientists expand their knowledge of plant and animal cells while gaining essential laboratory skills. A good microscope might even inspire your child to pursue a fulfilling, lucrative career in science! With more than a hundred 5-star reviews, this microscope is perfect for young scientists ready to explore the amazing world of cells.

 
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Strawberry DNA Extraction Lab

A Cell Lapbook Activity For Advanced Students

A DNA extraction lab is ideal for kinesthetic and visual learners interested in interacting with real-life cells.

What You'll Need:

  • Strawberries
  • DNA extraction buffer (salt + soap + water)
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Cheesecloth or coffee filters
  • Plastic cups
  • Image Credit:
  • Tess Watson
  • Toothpicks

Check out this strawberry DNA lab lesson plan for complete instructions, worksheets and answer keys!

Edu-Toys  Slide Making Kit
Edu-Toys Slide Making Kit

This affordable beginner's slide kit includes an instruction manual, two prepared slides, 10 blank slides, slide covers, labels, dye, a kit for hatching shrimp eggs and more!

 
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Organelle Diagrams

Awesome Illustrated Organelles For Your Cell Lapbook

An Illustrated Introduction to Cells

The Basics of Cell Life with Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science)
The Basics of Cell Life with Max Axiom, Super Scientist (Graphic Science)

This fully illustrated 32-page graphic novel, in which super scientist Max Axiom shrinks to microscopic size and embarks on an exciting adventure inside the cell, will introduce your child to the basics of cell life. With a scientific superhero leading the way, students will become invested in the fascinating world of plant and animal cells while practicing their reading comprehension skills.

Recommended for children ages 8 and up.

 
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Mitosis & Meiosis Printables

The Best Free Cell Division Diagrams

Mitosis Printables:

Meiosis Printables:

  • Education.com: A labeled diagram illustrating meiosis in plant cells.
  • University of Pennsylvania: A blank flipbook with space for students to draw the stages of meiosis and take notes.
  • Arkansas State University: A fill-in-the-blank meiosis diagram with detailed illustrations.
  • Tutor Vista: A complex meiosis flow chart featuring both illustrations and photos of real-life cells.

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      mohammed 2 months ago

      wow but i dont know what items

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      Amanda 2 years ago

      These are great resources....I love foldables! They make great study buddies ☺️

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      OUTFOXprevention1 4 years ago

      Cells are so interesting! Thanks for the lens. We don't have anything to add except germs ;)

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      This is a brilliant resource. Well done!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      really educative,i have learnt a lot from this...join us on www.unn.edu.ng

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      JeffGilbert 4 years ago

      this is a great lens, well researched. Reminds me of my junior scientist days... :)

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      wildsimplicity 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @getmoreinfo: Thanks so much for stopping by, getmoreinfo! :)

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Really enjoy reading this lens on cells, and all the activities look great.

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      wildsimplicity 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @iijuan12: Thank you for the like and the blessing, iiljuan12!

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      wildsimplicity 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @JoyfulPamela2: Thanks so much, JoyfulPamela!

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      JoyfulPamela2 5 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      What a great way to make learning about cells fun! :)

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      EpicFarms 5 years ago

      I don't have a favorite to list, but I love that strawberry DNA idea. Excellent lens with some wonderful information (nice job! :o)

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      jmchaconne 5 years ago

      Thank you for a great lens, especially the images and illustrations. I'm inspired!

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      iijuan12 5 years ago from Florida

      Great lens! I'm adding your lens to my https://hubpages.com/education/cells-and-dna lens. Blessed and liked.

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      preetam91 lm 5 years ago

      very informative.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Awesomely insightful - great work on this! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice

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      wildsimplicity 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      @SandyPeaks: Thank you so much, SandyPeaks! I'm glad you enjoyed my lens. :)

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      SandyPeaks 5 years ago

      Delightful and helpful lens - makes Biology fun! Blessed by a SquidAngel.

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      Emdubya135 5 years ago

      super educational. :-)