Tried and True: Cell organelle employment advertisements by: Rebekah Hammack

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Are you looking for a creative way to teach the functions of cell organelles? If you answered yes, then organelle employment advertisements are just what you need. During this project, students must create an employment ad for a cell organelle and give an oral presentation. Students are assessed on their ablity to clearly communicate their work to others.

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  • on Tue Oct 23, 2012 10:29 AM

This article describes a way to employ writing and oral presentation with science as stated in the Common Core. Students create employment ads for cell organelles. The rubric included is very detailed.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Tue Jun 21, 2011 12:39 PM

I thought this was a very creative way to engage students in learning about cell organelles. In addition to the science, students integrate an oral presentation and "persuasion" skills, which are part of the Common Core ELA standards. I also liked the potential connection teachers could easily make to real life skills, such as obtaining a job and how to "sell" yourself.

Wendy Ruchti  (Pocatello, ID)
Wendy Ruchti (Pocatello, ID)

  • on Wed Jun 08, 2011 2:11 PM

This is a great twist on structure and function of organelles in a cell. A worksheet, a rubric and a sample product is presented to show how this type of activity might generate interest and understanding for a middle school student. It is also interdisciplinary. It is a good formative assessment and it develops written and oral communication skills as well as creativity.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Fri Apr 01, 2011 8:42 AM

This article presents the guidelines for students to create a job advertisement for cell organelles. This is a higher level thinking activity, as students have to synthesize the advertisement from the function of the organelle. The article also provides a rubric. My students loved this activity, it allowed them to incorporate their sense of humor and creativity into their product.

Angelika Fairweather  (Bradenton, FL)
Angelika Fairweather (Bradenton, FL)

  • on Sat Mar 13, 2010 3:40 PM

The employment ads for cell organelles might be a good writing activity for high school students. For younger students, I think I would adapt this lesson plan to make travel brochures. “Come visit the cell”, and highlight features of the cell. Students could illustrate their 3-fold brochures and practice their marketing skills. Plus, it would push them to make analogies. For example, vacationers can feel safe at the cell as a vacation spot, since it is a gated community secured by the semi-permeable cell membrane.

Christina B
Christina B

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