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Jello Cells


Jello Cells

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Cells as 3D objects is a difficult concept for students to grasp as all diagrams and cells under the microscope appear as 2D objects. This activity allows the students to build 3D cell models and so have a concrete example to help them to develop this concept.
Material Type: Simulation
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Date Added to MERLOT: September 10, 2007
Date Modified in MERLOT: September 16, 2012


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Primary Audience: Middle School, High School
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Language: English
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Avatar for David Tinker
7 years ago

David Tinker (Student)

A great way to get students to learn about cells. This activity involves building edible cells, using jello and fruit. It seems like a really effective way to reinforce concepts about cells, and it involves snacking!

Avatar for Maryanne Duttarer
7 years ago

Maryanne Duttarer (Student)

3-D is always better than 2-D. And who doesn't like playing with jello =)

Avatar for Joaquin Alvarado
7 years ago

Joaquin Alvarado (Faculty)

A fun way for students to familiarize themselves with the parts of cells. However, ziplock bags may be a better alternative to plastic sacks.

Avatar for Leigh-Ann King
7 years ago

Leigh-Ann King (Student)

It's an interesting take on the cell model project. I've known students to do jello cells on their own for the project, but I've never seen an entire class making their own during school hours. I'm not a fan of jello, haha, but it could be fun for the students to try it out.