Build a model of a prokaryotic cell using any material of your choice. In your model be sure to include all the structures appropriate to your cell. You may model a bacterial cell or an archaea. You will model at least 4 structures in any model.
Next, build a model of a virus using the same type of materials. You may choose any type of virus but be sure you can illustrate the key features of a virus (head shape for example).
Once complete, take multiple photographs of your models from all angles. Include these images in a document that also contains the following completed table format. You may need to add rows to your table depending on the type of prokaryote you model.
|Structure||Model Key||Function||Found in Virus||Different in Virus|
Once your model is complete, write a brief description of your cell and your virus. Emphasize features that are absent in viruses that classify them as non-living. You can refer to specific structures in your table in this explanation.
Some suggestions for 3D models include Legos, a decorated cake with candy toppings, or standard Styrofoam base with appropriate pieces attached. You can also draw or illustrate a model.
Rubric: Build a Cell
|Prokaryotic model provided||Model includes nucleoid, DNA, ribosomes, and cell membrane and other structures such as cilia, flagella or cell wall||Model includes nucleoid, DNA, ribosomes, and cell membrane||Model does not include nucleoid, DNA, ribosomes, and cell membrane||3 pts|
|Viral model provided||Model includes nucleic acid, coat, shaped head, and tail||Model includes nucleic acid, coat, and tail||Model does not include nucleic acid, coat, and tail||3 pts|
|Table is fully completed||All structures include a key and detailed function description; viral structures are also included/labeled||All structures are not fully described or functions are incomplete||Not all structures are included or viral differences are not noted||3 pts|
|Written description||Written description fully outlines and discusses both models and emphasizes the features of viruses that classify them as non-living. Specific features of the models are referenced in description||Written description is brief or terse but does address required points||Written description is incomplete or absent||3 pts|
|Total points: 12|
Contributors and Attributions
- Assignment: Build a Cell. Authored by: Shelli Carter and Lumen Learning. Provided by: Lumen Learning. License: CC BY: Attribution