Title - Make A Model Cell by Maeve Pinheiro

Materials -
malt balls,
jelly beans,
tooth picks,
model magic,
plastic wrap,

Procedure -
Take a paper plate and write your name on the edge of the paper plate.
Take five toothpicks and five pieces of tape. Make them into flags. Label each flag - nucleus, mitochondria, vacuole, cell membrane, and cytoplasm.
Take Model Magic. The modeling clay is the cytoplasm of your cell. Cytoplasm is a jellylike material that fills the space of a cell.
Using your thumb, make a small indentation in the cytoplasm. Place the malted milk ball in the indentation. This is your cell’s nucleus. The nucleus determines the cells activities.
Scatter a few raisins and jelly beans within the cytoplasm. The raisins represent the structures that release energy for the cell (mitochondria). The jelly beans represent the storage areas for the cell (vacuoles).
Place plastic wrap over the cell to protect the cell. This is the cell membrane. The cell membrane controls what materials go into and out of the cell.
Stick the flags you made out of toothpicks next to the nucleus, mitochondria, cell membrane, vacuole, and one in the cytoplasm.

Conclusion -
1) Observe your model. I observe the nucleus, vacuoles, cell membrane, cytoplasm, and mitochondria. This is a link to the picture of my cell.
What cell part makes up the greatest part of your model? The nucleus is the greatest part of my model.
What can you conclude from this observation? I conclude that the nucleus is the greatest part and brain of the cell.

2) What cell part is at the center of your cell? The nucleus.
Where in the cell are all the other cell parts located? The vacuoles and mitochondria are scattered around the nucleus in the cytoplasm. The cell membrane is the outside of the cell.

3) Scientists often use models to better understand complex structures. How does your cell model help you draw conclusions about the structure of cells? It helps you understand the different sizes of the different structures in the cell against each other. Because the cells are so small, you can't see them with your eyes unless you have a microscope. A model is a way you can see the structure easily.
What things about a cell does your model not tell you? It does not tell you how many vacoules and mitochondria are in a cell.