Name ______________________________________________________________ Period _____

 

Cellopolis

 

Background: the organization of the eukaryotic cell can be compared to that of a city. Eukaryotic cells possess a true nucleus and membrane bound structures called organelles. The organelles are separate “compartments” within the cell with specialized functions. Under the direction of the nucleus, the activities of the organelles are coordinated and controlled. Cities are organized in a similar manner. They contain various “components” with unique roles or functions that are coordinated and directed by some form of leadership.

 

Task: Students will design a city and correlate the structures in the eukaryotic cell to structures found in that city. The city will be mapped on poster board.

 

Procedure:

1.     You will work in group of 4-5 students.

 

2.     Select either a plant or animal cell to design your city from.

 

 

3.     Find the correlation table. A list of organelles is already present on each correlation table. If your group selected an animal cell, you need to add two more organelles to the list. If your group selected a plant cell, you need to add one more organelle to the list.

 

4.     Correlate each of your cell structure with a city structure that has a similar role. Explain your reasoning in complete sentences in the correlation table. (How are the roles of the cell and the city component similar? What do they have in common?)

 

 

5.     Diagram your city with all of its components on poster board. Keep the following in mind:

·        All components should be within the city boundaries.

 

·        The location of your components should reflect their function. For example, the nucleus of a cell controls all of the activities in a cell. It is usually found in the center of the cell of obvious reasons.

 

 

·        If two cell organelles share a relationship, the city structures you select should share that same relationship. For example: Chromatin is found inside the nucleus. Your city component for the chromatin should be found inside your city component for the nucleus.

 

·        The size and number of the organelles in the cell should be reflected in the city. For example: Plants have ONE large vacuole and animals have several smaller vacuoles.

 

·        Draw your city as it would appear if you were flying directly over it in an airplane.

 

·        All of your components should be labeled with TWO labels. One label should state what the city component is and in parenthesis you should state which cell structure correlates with it.  For example: mayor (nucleus)

 

·        You may have more than one city component representing a single cell structure. For example: Vacuoles store both water and food. You could have one city component that stores food and one city component that stores water.

 

What Else to Think About???

1.     Be creative. Your city can be from the past, present, or future. It can be based on a television show, book… or your imagination.

2.     Presentation counts. Be neat, colorful. Make the effort

3.     Be sure your correlation between the cell and city structures make sense.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Correlation Table

 

Use the space below to explain your reasoning in complete sentences.  How are the roles of the cell and city component similar?  What do they have in common?  In the first blank, list the CELL STRUCTURE, the second blank CITY STRUCTURE, and the third blank, put your EXPLANATION. 

 

1.      a.  Nucleus (Cell Structure for both plant and animal cells)

b.      __________________________________ (City Structure)

c.       ____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. 

 

2.      a.  Nuclear Membrane (Cell Structure for both plant and animal cells)

b.      __________________________________ (City Structure)

c.       ____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. 

 

3.      a.  Cell Membrane (Cell Structure for both plant and animal cells)

b.      __________________________________ (City Structure)

c.       ____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. 

 

4.      a.  Chromatin (Cell Structure for both plant and animal cells)

b.      __________________________________ (City Structure)

c.       ____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. 

 

5.      a.  Mitochondria  (Cell Structure for both plant and animal cells)

b.      __________________________________ (City Structure)

c.       ____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. 

 

6.      a.  Endoplasmic Reticulum  (Cell Structure for both plant and animal cells)

b.      __________________________________ (City Structure)

c.       ____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. 

 

7.      a. Golgi Apparatus (Cell Structure for both plant and animal cells)

b.      __________________________________ (City Structure)

c.       ____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. 

8.      a.  Ribosomes (Cell Structure for both plant and animal cells)

b.      __________________________________ (City Structure)

c.       ____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. 

 

9.      a.  Vacuole  (Cell Structure for both plant and animal cells)

b.      __________________________________ (City Structure)

c.       ____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. 

 

10.  a. Cytoskeleton (Cell Structure for both plant and animal cells)

b.      __________________________________ (City Structure)

c.       ____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. 

 

11.  a.  Chloroplasts (Cell Structure for plant cells) or Lysosome (Cell Structure for animal cells)

b.      __________________________________ (City Structure)

c.       ____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. 

                                                                                  Fill in the blank

12.  a.  Cell wall (Cell Structure for plant cells) or _________________(Cell Structure for animal cells)

b.      __________________________________ (City Structure)

c.       ____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. 

                 Fill in the blank

13.  a.  __________________________________ (Cell Structure)

b.      __________________________________ (City Structure)

c.       ____________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________.