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Mrs. Brien from Denver CO is requesting Other through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Cell City

My students need ten sets of Legos to build a cell city! The city they build will be a metaphor for a plant or animal cell and the organelle structures and functions.

  • $776 goal

This project expired on February 19, 2013.

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My Students

"What the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve"- this quote covers the front wall of my classroom and is the driving force behind my efforts as a teacher and my students' approach to learning.

I serve an under-privileged group of students in an urban Colorado city.

Most of my students come to me with skill sets far below the average student in their grade level. Many of my students have never experienced life outside their own neighborhood! I'm looking to inspire my students to love learning through Project Based Learning. I make learning fun and relevant by connecting it to their everyday lives and sparking their curiosity about the world around them.

My Project

My students need ten sets of Legos to build a cell city! The city they build will be a metaphor for a plant or animal cell and the internal organelle structures and functions. My students learn science best when they can do so in a hands-on, experiential way. This is especially true because of their low abilities in reading and writing. For our Cell City Project my students will design a city where each building represents a cell organelle. For example, they might give their city a power plant which would represent the mitochondria- the energy producing cell organelle. My students will build their city out of Lego's, and complete it with QR codes linked to a document that explains which organelle that building represents and what its function is within the cell. Designing and actually building a cell city will create a powerful metaphor in their mind that will never go away!

This project will be my students first, and most powerful encounter with cells- an important science topic for high school and beyond.

By connecting the content with something they know and love- a city!- they will never forget the structures and functions of a cell, or how powerful making metaphors can be!

Mrs. Brien
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 260 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Lego - Lego Brick Set 884 Pcs • Teacher's School Supply Inc. $52.95 10 $529.50

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