FUN FRIDAY: Creative cell models

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Before today, I had not featured any lessons from Math, Science, Social Studies…Oh My, but I am sure I will be going back for more after discovering this top-notch post about student 3-D cell projects. Amy Alvis, a creative middle school teacher, blogs about several different subject areas on her site. You will love her detailed descriptions of lessons and the many snapshots of student work.

I found many posts appropriate for my blog but I chose the 3-D cell projects to highlight first because they are so perfect for the inclusive and differentiated classroom. First of all, Amy lets her students choose any materials as long as their creation is 3-D, so choice is built right into the activity. In addition, the task encourages creativity, so students can work on it using their strengths. Those who are artistic can sculpt and paint, those who like to cook or bake can do so, and those who like to build or assemble materials can use Lego, blocks or other hardware to show what they know.

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