Making a Lapbook for Plant and Animal Cells
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.
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:
- TeacherVision: Unlabeled 3D plant and animal cell diagrams.
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 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.
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 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!
Poll: Cell Lapbooks
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Mitosis & Meiosis Printables
The Best Free Cell Division Diagrams
- 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.
- 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.