I asked my husband, thinking he would surely agree with me, but he didn’t. I guess I really didn’t pay attention in school, because I thought cells have gotten more complicated since I last studied them. I didn’t know there were so many parts! My husband just looked at me like I was crazy—unfortunately that is not a rarity. So I guess we’ve known about all these organelles (see how fancy I am?) for a while now.
I was worried about helping my kids make sense of all these different parts with their special jobs. Thankfully, the book was way ahead of me. First, we drew a cell over the course of a couple of days. Then we made a cell wheel, repeating the duties of the various organelles. Finally, we got to make an edible cell!
We used Jell-O for the cytoplasm and all manner of junk food for the other parts. I was supposed to add another thickener that we did not have, and boy, did that make a difference in the end result! Thankfully, my kids learned long ago that school is about the process, not the product!
I don’t know if they will better remember what a Golgi Body is or what is does, but we have sure had fun learning about it!