Organelle Bio Poem Lesson Plan
This is a fun and creative way for students to demonstrate their understanding of eukaryotic cell organelles. Students will create a bio poem about an organelle as if the organelle were a person. Their final product will be a poster or video of their poem that can be shared with the class. This lesson includes a bio poem organizer for students, as well as various links to interactive organelle structure and function websites.
Students will be guided through the process of creating a bio poem about an organelle, and create a final product that can be shared in small groups, whole class, or globally if desired. It will take approximately 1-2 class periods and can be adapted to face-to-face or virtual instruction.
Background for Teachers
To teach this lesson, you will need an understanding of basic animal and plant cell structure and organelles. The following resources may be helpful.
- Cells Alive Interactive Plant and Animal Cells
- Cell Organelle Chart--hgms.psd202.org
- Organelles Quizlet Study Set
You will also need to choose one or more of the following tools for students to use to create their final project: Google Docs, Slides, or Drawings; Microsoft Word or Powerpoint; Adobe Spark Video, Post, or Page; Canva... You will need to be able to support students as they navigate the tool if it is new to them.
Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes
- Students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of plant and animal cell organelles.
- Students will create a bio poem about the structure and function of an organelle.
Step 2 - Planning Instruction
Student Background Knowledge
Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of:
- the differences and similarities between plant and animal cells
- various organelles and their structures/functions
Strategies for Diverse Learners
- Students could create bio poems for multiple organelles, or create FaceBook/LinkedIn profiles for various organelles.
- Students could help peer review others' poems before they create their final product.
- Pair students up with a partner.
- Instead of creating a poem, students can create an informational poster or video about their organelle.
Step 3 - Instruction
- Share an example of an actual bio poem and explain that students will be demonstrating their knowledge of organelle structure and function by creating a bio poem about an organlle "person". (You might want to share your own example of an organelle bio poem, too.)
- You will either assign or allow students to choose an organelle for their project.
- Give students a copy of the Organelle Bio Poem organizer. [Ready to use as a digital copy, but can be printed out as well.]
- Have students mark the organelle they chose (or were assigned).
- Students can work with a partner to brainstorm ideas as they complete the organizer.
- If time allows, students will share their poem with a partner, leaving out the "names". Their partner will guess which organelle the poem is about, and offer constructive feedback.
- Students will create a poster or video of their poem using whichever tool(s) they are comfortable with. (e.g. Google or Microsoft apps, Adobe Spark Post, Video, or Page, Canva, etc.)
- To share projects and reflect: students will randomly partner up, share their poems, then breifly discuss how their organelles work together to help the cell perform it's function. Have students switch partners multiple times until they have had a chance to team up with several different organelles.
- Optional: Students can also vote for their favorite poem in the class, then share the winners school wide, on school website, etc...)
- Links (also available on student copy of organizer):
Step 4 - Assessments
Throughout the process the teacher will monitor students and make informal formative assessments through questioning and observing student progress. Students will recieve peer feedback before creating the final product. The overall assessment will be the product itself (poster or video).
Required Elements: Student has information for all 8 sections of the organizer.
Accurate Information: The personified characteristics clearly relate to organelle structure and/or function.
Image: Student includes at least one image of the organelle, or an image that represents the organelle's structure/function and explalins their reasoning for choosing that image via caption or labeling.