Plant & Animal Cells Lapbook
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.
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.
Cell Worksheets and Mini Books
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)
- Needle or scalpel
- Paper towels
Steps for Preparing a Basic Wet-Mount Slide:
- Collect a very small piece of your specimen using the needle and/or scalpel.
- Place a small drop of water onto the center of your blank slide.
- Add your specimen to the water using a toothpick.
- Add a tiny drop of dye and a dash of salt to the water.
- Carefully place a slide cover over the droplet until it lies flush with the slide.
- Gently touch a paper towel to the edge of your slide to remove excess water.
- View your slide under a microscope!
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.
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:
- DNA extraction buffer (salt + soap + water)
- Rubbing alcohol
- Cheesecloth or coffee filters
- Plastic cups
- Image Credit:
- Tess Watson
Check out this strawberry DNA lab lesson plan for complete instructions, worksheets and answer keys!
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!
An Illustrated Introduction to Cells
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.
Mitosis & Meiosis Printables
The Best Free Cell Division Diagrams
- Education.com: A straightforward labeled diagram that illustrates the stages of mitosis.
- Get Worksheets: A simple worksheet with space for students to label the stages of mitosis.
- Nelson Rural School: A labeled mitosis coloring page.Image Credit: Carolina Biological Supply Company
- Ken Pitts' Science Page: A blank worksheet with space for students to draw the stages of mitosis.
- Enchanted Learning: A labeled mitosis diagram with labeled centromeres, chromosomes and centrioles.
- 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.