Animal Cell – 3D Model


Cell Model – Animal Cell

Did you know that when your students are developing and using models, they are engaging in the practices of the Science and Engineering Process focused on in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)?

Not only does the Nitty Gritty Science Animal Cell Model make use of the NGSS Science and Engineering Process, it also supports the following targeted performance standard from the NGSS:

MS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways the parts of cells contribute to the function

Modeling can begin in the earliest grades, with students’ models progressing from concrete “pictures” and/or physical scale models to more abstract representations of relevant relationships in later grades. (NRC Framework, 2012, p. 58)

Along with the model activity, Nitty Gritty Science will provide the following with this download:
• Background of developing and using models in the science classroom.
• Teacher Guide (with colored photos) of building the Nitty Gritty Science models.
• Template for optional pocket to hold brochure/model key.
• Template for correct sizing of brochure and model key.
• Two options for models – one with and one without labels.

The following are featured in this model:
• Nucleolus
• Ribosomes
• Cytoplasm
• Plasma Membrane
• Smooth Endoplasmic Reticulum
• Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum
• Mitochondria
• Golgi Apparatus
• Centrioles
• Vacuole
• Lysosome
• Nucleus
• Flagellum

Materials needed:

  • Two pages of cut-outs (three if you want the pocket for the key) - all which are included in this download
  • Colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue



Terms of Use:
Cliff Note Version: Product is for ONE TEACHER – Please do not distribute illegally and if using with your students in an online capacity, make sure documents are password protected.

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