Inspiration Lesson Plan: Cell Structure and Function



Inspiration 9


Cell Structure and Function

Subject: Science

Grades: 7-10
Ages: 13-16


Lesson Objective
In this lesson, students will clarify information about cell structure and function by building graphic organizers using Inspiration®.


Teacher Instructions

  1. Explain to students that they will be building graphic organizers to clarify information about cell parts and their structure and function. Students can use information from class notes, their textbook, models, Internet resources or whatever other materials you make available to them.
  2. Have students work individually or in pairs to build an idea map or concept map about the parts of a cell. Remind students that there is no single “right” way to build their graphic organizer; rather, they should organize information in a way that helps them clarify the concepts. Encourage students to choose images that help them associate each cell part with either its structure, function, or both. For example, a student might choose a shipping box to represent the golgi apparatus, since it can be thought of as the packaging and processing center of the cell.

    Cells - Diagram View


  4. Direct students to add notes containing details about the function(s) of each cell part.

    Cells - Notes


  6. Assign pairs or groups a specific cell part to study in more detail. Ask students to build a concept map that details the structure and function of that particular cell part. Remind students that a concept map uses linking words to show relationships between concepts. As they build their concept maps, students can take advantage of built-in Linking Phrases through the Link menu.

    Cells Diagram


  8. Compile all of the concept maps from each student or pair of students in one location. Using the Hyperlink tool, students can link a concept map for each cell part to their original diagram



  • Check to see that students have included the cell parts that they are expected to learn, as well as their functions, in the initial diagrams. Students should also have information organized logically with links showing correct relationships and hierarchies.
  • Check concept maps for evidence of original work, demonstrating a student's own way of organizing information. Concept maps should show sufficient detail, and links and linking phrases should correctly identify relationships.

Lesson Adaptations

  • Specify the names and/or number of cell parts expected for the diagrams.
  • Extend the activity by having students compare and contrast plant and animal cells. The templates Cell or Compare and from Inspiration Starter>Templates>Science can help students get started.
  • Students can use Inspiration’s Presentation Manager to develop a presentation about the structure and function of their assigned cell part.