TEL Lesson Plan
Animal and Plant Cells

Grade Level: 4
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Time Frame: 40-45 minutes


Compare Animal and Plant Cells

Databases/Other Resources

Kids InfoBits, Fact Monster, Internet Public Library for Kids


Predictions, Web Search, Comparison List, Discussion


Steps for Teacher

1. Introduce/Recap that all living things are made of cells. Time: 2-3 minutes

2. Ask students if plant and animal cells are the same or different. Record predictions on chart. Time: 2-3 minutes

3. Have students use Kids InfoBits, Fact Monster, or the Internet Public Library Kidspace to find a written article and models of both animal and plant cells. (This can be done individually or in groups of two) Time: 15 minutes

4. After finding the information have students compare and contrast the two types of cells by making a list of the things that are the same and those that are different. Time: 10 minutes

5. Teacher will allow students to present their findings and compare the results to the predictions made at the beginning of the lesson. Time: 10-15 minutes


Steps for Librarian

1. The librarian should help students to develop search strategies to find the article and the models.

2. The librarian should help students to discuss the information found in the article and the models to see if the information is supported by both.


Steps for Student

1. The students will search for articles on cells in Kids InfoBits and the models of cells through the IPL Kidspace (Cells Alive!). Students may work individually or as partners.

2. The students will make a list of comparing and contrasting the animal and plant cells showing what parts are the same and what parts are different.

3. The students will discuss whether the information provided in the article is supported by the information in the model. Is it the same or different?

4. Students will briefly discuss their findings and compare to predictions made at beginning of the lesson.


Related Activities

Create a model of animal and plant cells using a variety of materials (i.e. markers, construction paper, modeling clay).


Content Standards

Science: Grade 4-Life Science


Standard 1.0: Cells


Conceptual Strand 1 

All living things are made of cells that perform functions necessary for life. 


Guiding Question 1 

How are plant and animals cells organized to carry on the processes of life?  


Learning Expectations/Grade Level Expectations

Standard 1.0: Cells

Grade Level Expectations:

GLE 0407.1.1 Recognize that cells are the building blocks of all living thing

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Performance Indicators State

Standard 1.0: Cells

Performance Indicators:

SPI 0407.1.1 Compare basic structures of plant and animal cells.

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Informal- Observation of students during search process for evaluating students ability to find, access, and use information.

Formal-Students comparison list can be used as a formal assessment of the Grade Level Expectation/Content Standards.

Ongoing- Teacher can ask students, "Are plants and animals cells are different ? And if they are what is one thing that is different about them?" at the beginning of future lessons and throughout the school year.


ISTE Computer Literacy and Usage Standards

3.  Research and Information Fluency: Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information.


AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner

1. Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.


2. Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.