Parts of the Cell Science Games
In this series of games, your students will learn about the different organelles in the cell and the functions they perform. The Parts of the Cell learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.
Scroll down for a preview of this learning objective’s games and the concepts they drive home.
Cells contain specialized structures, called organelles, that perform specific functions. Prokaryotic cells, like bacteria, do not have many organelles, while eukaryotic cells have defined organelles. All cells have a semi-permeable cell membrane that lets them absorb nutrients and get rid of waste.
The nucleus is an organelle that contains the cell’s genetic information, DNA. It serves as the command center of the cell.
Mitochondria generate the energy the cell needs to perform its functions. They are commonly known as the “powerhouse” of the cell.
Ribosomes create proteins necessary for the cell to function. They float through the cytoplasm or are attached to the rough endoplasmic reticulum (ER).
The rough ER, with ribosomes attached to it, is the site of protein synthesis. The smooth ER makes hormones and stores and synthesizes lipids.
The Golgi apparatus packages substances like proteins that are needed elsewhere in the cell or in the body and sends them there.
Lysosomes contain enzymes that help the cell’s digestive processes.
A preview of each game in the learning objective is found below.
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