Making a Lapbook for Plant and Animal Cells

Updated on March 15, 2018
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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. I've also reviewed some retail resources, including books, microscopes and slides.

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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.
  • Got to Teach!: Free downloadable animal and plant cell templates with labeled organelles.

Plant & Animal Cell Printable:

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 first, so you can decide which resources are best for your student.

  • Cells Alive!: Check out Cells Alive! for interactive animations of plant and animal cells, as well as mitosis and meiosis. The site also features crossword puzzles and quizzes.
  • 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, crossword puzzle, and 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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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 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!

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Organelle Diagrams

Awesome Illustrated Organelles For Your Cell Lapbook

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Mitosis & Meiosis Printables

The Best Free Cell Division Diagrams

Mitosis Printables:

  • Get Worksheets: A simple worksheet with space for students to label the stages of mitosis.
  • Ken Pitts' Science Page: A blank worksheet with space for students to draw the stages of mitosis.
  • Enchanted Learning: A mitosis diagram with labeled centromeres, chromosomes and centrioles.

Meiosis Printables:

  • 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 6 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 5 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 6 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 6 years ago

      very informative.

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

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

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice

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      wildsimplicity 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

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

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      SandyPeaks 6 years ago

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

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      Emdubya135 6 years ago

      super educational. :-)

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