Plant and Animal Cell Experiment

plant and animal cells

Get Science Experiments Done!

Have you ever struggled to actually get science experiments done? If you are like me, the answer is a big resounding YES. Every year I have big plans to do many science experiments. But I fail.

I know I am not alone when it comes to this. Whenever I talk with other moms about science, they all struggle with getting experiments done. Let’s face it, there are a lot of things that go into doing science experiments, from finding suitable experiments, organizing materials and finally carving out time to actual attempt them.

It’s All About Organization – Isn’t It?

I discovered that my biggest challenge was lack of organization. Science experiments are not things you can pull off without preparation. This year, I combed through my science book and made a list of everything (I mean everything…including onions) that we would need to complete each experiment from now until December. Then I will do the same thing for January – June.

I have a section in our room where I keep all of my supplies (at least the shelf items) and the girls understand they can’t play with it. Having all materials in the house and ready to go made this experiment possible.

Do You Want to Try This Experiment?

This cell experiment was easy, fun, and informative. If you are studying plant and animal cells this is a great way to start.  We all had so much fun doing this experiment and we learned a lot.

Here is What You Need:

  • slide
  • cover slip
  • microscope
  • iodine solution
  • prepared slide (human cheek cells)
  • dropper
  • onion
  • paper towel
  • disposable gloves
  • goggles
  • science notebook

Here is What You Do:

  1. Gather all your materials (I suggest doing this the night before)
  2. On a paper towel down and put safety goggles on.
  3. Peel an onion until you find one of the thin, filmy layers of onion skin.
  4. Put a piece of the filmy layer on a slide and put a cover slip over it.
  5. Put a small drop of iodine solution at the edge of the cover slip. Be sure those goggles are on because iodine is poisonous and can stain.
  6. Once the slide is prepared, take your goggles and gloves off. Looking under the microscope, examine the slide with the onion – draw what you see in your science notebook.
  7. Next, look at the prepared cheek side and draw what you see in your notebook.
  8. Think about it – How was the plant cell different from the animal cell? How are they alike?

 

One science experiment done, a ton more to go! What experiments are you planning to do with your children this year? What things  do you put in place to help you get those science experiments done? Share in the comment section below. Until next time, Stay Encouraged & Be Blessed!

 

 

2 thoughts on “Plant and Animal Cell Experiment

  1. My son’s science is chemistry this year. He’s 16 now. When he was younger we tried to do a lot of science experiments. I think it’s a matter of setting aside the time to make them happen. We had a lot of fun though and made some great memories. I even made tutorial videos of him performing some of the experiments. Those were fun!

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    1. I 100% agree Cami. Time is the challenge and being intentional about setting time aside makes it possible. That is my goal this year, to be consistent with setting aside time. Thanks for the comment & encouragement!

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