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Making a Lapbook for Plant and Animal Cells

Plant and animal cell lapboks.

Plant and animal cell lapboks.

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.

Close up of a cell.

Close up of a cell.

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.
Plant and animal cell diagrams.

Plant and animal cell diagrams.

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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.
More homemade projects.

More homemade projects.

Parts of a cell.

Parts of a cell.

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!
Other examples you can use.

Other examples you can use.

Organelle Diagrams

Awesome Illustrated Organelles For Your Cell Lapbook

Information in a lapbook.

Information in a lapbook.

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.
  • 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.

Share Your Cell Resources!

Priyanka Vishwas on July 31, 2020:


Phil on December 01, 2018:

Where are the instructions

mohammed on September 25, 2017:

wow but i dont know what items

Amanda on November 27, 2015:

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

OUTFOXprevention1 on October 11, 2013:

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

suepogson on May 16, 2013:

This is a brilliant resource. Well done!

anonymous on May 09, 2013:

really educative,i have learnt a lot from this...join us on

JeffGilbert on January 28, 2013:

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

Franchesca W (author) from Atlanta, GA on December 10, 2012:

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

getmoreinfo on October 05, 2012:

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

Franchesca W (author) from Atlanta, GA on August 16, 2012:

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

Franchesca W (author) from Atlanta, GA on August 16, 2012:

@EpicFarms: The strawberry DNA experiment is a blast, Wysiwigs. My 7th graders were obsessed with the project. :)

Franchesca W (author) from Atlanta, GA on August 16, 2012:

@JoyfulPamela2: Thanks so much, JoyfulPamela!

JoyfulPamela2 from Pennsylvania, USA on July 31, 2012:

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

EpicFarms on July 22, 2012:

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

jmchaconne on July 10, 2012:

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

Shannon from Florida on March 16, 2012:

Great lens! I'm adding your lens to my lens. Blessed and liked.

preetam91 lm on January 20, 2012:

very informative.

JoshK47 on January 10, 2012:

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

Blackspaniel1 on December 17, 2011:


Franchesca W (author) from Atlanta, GA on December 17, 2011:

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

SandyPeaks on December 17, 2011:

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

Emdubya135 on December 15, 2011:

super educational. :-)

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