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Background: You will be in groups of three, each with your own job. The jobs to choose from are Contractor, Architect, Surveyor. Your job, as a group, is to build the most realistic life-like plant cell the world has ever seen.

Problem: What does a 3-dimensional cell look like? What are the various parts of plant cells?

Hypothesis: ______________________________________________________.

Materials: Play-doe, food coloring or tempera paints (red, purple, green, blue, white), 1 pair of gloves, yarn or undercooked spaghetti, pepper, plastic-bubble packing, aluminum foil, plastic wrap, pencil shavings, scissors, 1 large knife, glue.


1. Before we start be aware that on the final day you must present your cell to the class.

2. After you have decided upon your jobs, the Contractor and Architect will collaborate to design the plant cell. The design should be drawn up on a piece of paper that explains what materials will be used for each organelle. It should be colored the same color it will appear when it is built. Take your time and make a good drawing. This should be completed early on day two. Throughout this entire process the Surveyor should be writing down the order in which each organelle was designed and the order in which it will be built. Along with this the Surveyor must make a copy of the design that the group can use when building it. The Surveyor's job is to basically take notes all the way through, so if the final product doesn't come out as planned the Surveyor can look back at their notes and answer why.

3. After you have finished your design, hand it in and your teacher will approve it. If it is approved, you can start to build your cell.

4. Building should be the role of the contractor. Architect's watch the builders to make sure they are doing it exactly as planned. Surveyors should take notes on how it is built and also can assist the Architects to make sure it is being built as planned.

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