|This activity helps students
to use everyday experiences to understand the more
abstract ideas of cell organization.
Study the examples below. In your activity journal, answer
the Student Journal for Activity 1
"Levels of organization" for function are less
obvious than those for structure, but are very important for
the levels of organization in your school building. Schools
have many different structures. For example:
- an outside wall around the
entire building (like a membrane outside a cell)
- floors in your building,
each organized into rooms and maybe the room
is organized into different centers or tables (like
1. How are cells and
2. Why might a school building be a bad example?
3. What could you make that would show how a cell is made?
Cell function is like a soccer team. The coaches teach the players.
The player's play the game as well as they can. Schedules are
arranged for the times and places of the games. Some people
act as referees for the games. Perhaps others act as sponsors,
providing money for uniforms and travel. Functions of a cell
can be organized in a similar way.
4. Can you identify the
various functions associated within a sports league or club you
have been involved with? How would you put these functions into
various levels of organization? For example, national
organization, regional organization, city group, individual player.
5. What are some of the functions
of organelles in a cell?