Grade 5 : Standard 1 - 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?

Grade Level Expectations

Checks for Understanding

State Performance Indicators

GLE 0507.1.1 Distinguish between the basic structures and functions of plant and animal cells.

0507.1.1 Label drawings of plant and animals cells.

0507.1.2 Compare and contrast the basic structures and functions of plant and animal cells.

SPI 0507.1.1 Identify the major parts of plant and animal cells such as, the nucleus, cell membrane, cell wall, and cytoplasm.

SPI 0507.1.2 Compare and contrast basic structures and functions of plant and animal cells.


Introduction - What is a Cell?

Created from information found in An Adventure into Cells and Their Parts Part 1 "What is a Cell?" (pages 12-18) to go over the basic understanding of what a cell is.
Teacher's Guide

United Streaming

The Lives of Cells [19:38]

Plant Cells


  2. Watch United Streaming - TLC Elementary School - All About Plants (24:37)

    Create Model - Students will make a model of a plant cell using play dough, pompoms, pipe cleaners, etc.

Resources for making a model:

Animal Cells
Teacher's Guide

Edible Animal Cells

Make an edible cell



For Graphic Organizer book label animal and plant cell. Enchanted Learning

For Graphic Organizer book create a Venn Diagram to compare plant and animal cells.


United Streaming The Living Cell (game show with questions and detailed answers about cells)

  2. Computer Activities - Bring COW for students to complete matching activities.
  3. Match cell parts to function
    1. Plant Cell
    2. Animal Cell
      Matching words to definitions

Construct a Cell

 I Know That


Review cell parts and their functions.

General Resources