Read to Create

Instead of writing a report, why not make a model?

Directions for making your own project

Grade eight science students in Mr. Apostolopoulos’s class made models of cells using styrofoam and wood, using cookies, cake and even pizza!

model by Ryan

model by Roshan, Ryan and Shane

Learn about cells by reading some of these books:

Johnson, Rebecca L. Daring Cell Defenders. Minneapolis, MN: Millbrook Press, 2008. “Bacteria and viruses are all around you. If they get inside your body, they can make you very sick. Fortunately, your body is built to keep illness-causing invaders out. If some do get in, special cells inside your body come to the rescue.” — back cover

Johnson, Rebecca L. Powerful Plants. Minneapolis, MN: Millbrook Press, 2008.  “You probably know that all living things need food to survive, including plants. So where do plants get their food? They make it themselves! This book takes you inside plant cells and shows you up-close photos of all the differentt cell parts.” — back cover

Johnson, Rebecca L. Ultra-organized Cell Systems. Minneapolis, MN: Millbrook Press, 2008.  “Do you realize there are about 100 trillion cells in your body? That’s a lot of cells to manage! It’s a good thing they are organized into systems that all work together. This book takes you on a journey inside your body to see many types of cells, and more–magnified hundreds or thousands of times larger than their actual size.” — back cover

Keyser, Amber. The Basics of Cell Life with Max Axiom. Mankato, MN: Capstone Press, 2010.  A graphic novel about the basics of plant and animal cells.

Rogers, Kirsteen. Complete Book of the Microscope. London, UK: Usborne, 2006. “Winner of the Rhone-Poulenc Junior Science book Prize, this book is a breathtaking introduction to an extraordinary new dimension. Fantastic photographs, thousands of even millions of time larger than life, reveal the secrets of the micro universe, while step-by-step project ideas and Internet links to recommended websites will help you set off on a micro world tour of your own.” — back cover