Ah yes! The classic cell model project. No doubt a quick Google search will bring up thousands of student examples. I can still remember making my own cell in middle school. I chose to make my cytoplasm out of Jello, but I didn’t realize that I wouldn’t have access to a refrigerator at school. I submitted a project that more closely resembled a soup than a cell. Cue traumatic memories.
Here’s some things I suggest you consider before beginning your own project:
1. Will you allow projects made of food? If yes, what will those students do during allotted class work time?
2. Will you allow groups?
3. How prepared are you for the mess? Scroll to the end of this post to see what we were dealing with this year in my classroom.
A variation I’ve done in the past was make cell metaphor projects. Check out this cell school made by a few of my students:
And of course, the best part of middle school projects is the inevitable disasters.
I love my job 🙂