Do you have a 7th grader? He or she will love this!

And so will their science teachers! As a former Literacy Teacher in 7th grade science, I can personally tell you this is an assignment we gave, the students presented and then we ate! I found this online instruction for it and thought what a great way to help your child study at home, even if it is not an assignment. If your child has 7th grade science, and of course, other grades do learn about the cell, duh! please consider using this unique study guide!

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Here is a finished cell to give you the idea of what we did:


Let’s meet the Players:

  • One packet of jelly per cell.
  • A collection of teeny tiny sweets – for all the various parts of the cell.

Let’s Play the Game:

    1. Mix your jelly according to the packet instructions.
    2. We used green for a plant cell and orange for an animal cell, because a plant cell has walls and a regular shape we popped the jelly into a square box. The animal cell is meant to be a little more random!
    1. While you are waiting for the jelly to set you can have a good explore of the internet, and there are heaps of good sites:
      1. Cell’s Alive is just such a great resource!!!
      2. Heaps of cell fun linking from classroom.jc-schools
    2. Now examine all your different candies and match them up to the parts of the cell.

A different candy for every cell component…

    1. Then for some quick assembly:


    1. And you are done!!! One green plant cell and one orange animal cell.


    1. If you know what the name of the cell component, that the candy represents, and what it’s purpose is, then you are free to eat it!!! It’s just amazing how quickly you can learn with the right motivation!!!


The book we are using for science, and our inspiration is:


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