Delve into the human cell and explore the different organelles and how they all contribute to the basic functions of life. Understand how cells form tissues, organs and body systems.

Major Concepts to Be Explored:

  • Participants will learn about cells and their organelles.
  • Participants will utilize inquiry-based activities to compare plant and animal cells, learn the specific functions of specialized cells in various organ systems and investigate how cells adapt to different environments.

Essential Standards:

7.L.1, 7.L.1.2, 7.L.1.3, 7.L.1.4

Goals of the Class:

Participants will investigate animal and human cells. They will also explore the role of different cellular organelles, compare plant and animal cells, investigate how cells adapt to their environment and how specialized cells form organ systems through hands-on activities.

Class Objectives:

Participants will be able to:

  • Identify cellular components.
  • Learn how cells interact to form tissues, organs and organ systems.
  • Investigate the role of specialized cells in organ systems and cellular behavior in different environments.

Methods and Activities:

  • A Discovery Place Science Educator will utilize hands on activities to help the participants examine cellular components.
  • Participants will be asked to work in groups to investigate how cells form tissues, organs and organ systems, how cells respond to different stimuli, and compare plant and animal cells.

Key Vocabulary:

cells, organelles, tissue, organs, organ systems, nucleus, mitochondria, cell membrane, golgi body, endoplasmic reticulum, microenvironment, extracellular matrix, cardiovascular system, respiratory system, digestive system, nervous system

Call to Book

704.372.6261 x300
  • Grade 7
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • $14 per student (includes Museum admission)
  • Minimum 15 students