Students draw and color their own models of plant and animal cells, then watch as the cells magically shrink in an oven (with adult supervision of course). Then they get to take their cells home as keychains or zipper pulls! Comes with instructions, teacher notes, diagrams, and enough materials to make 30 model cells. Use with colored pencils or permanent markers to create your own shrinking designs. Need extra Shrinking Plastic Sheets? Check out Item DIN-110.
This product will support your students' understanding of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)*, as shown in the table below.
Suggested Science Idea(s)
| Elementary || || Middle School || || High School |
| 2-PS1-1 |
Students can use Shrinkles Cells in an investigation to describe and classify different kinds of materials by their observable properties. 5-PS1-1
Students can use Shrinkles Cells in an investigation to develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen without magnification. K-2-ETS1-2
Students can use Shrinkles Cells during an investigation to develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
| || MS-PS1-1 |
Students can use Shrinkles Cells in an investigation to develop models to describe the atomic composition of simple molecules and extended structures. MS-LS1-1
Students can use Shrinkles Cells to conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells, either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells. MS-LS1-2
Students can use Shrinkles Cells to develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function. MS-LS1-3
Students can use Shrinkles Cells as part of the evidence to support an argument for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells. MS-LS1-4
Students can use Shrinkles Cells as part of an investigation to gather and synthesize information that sensory receptors respond to stimuli by sending messages to the brain for immediate behavior or storage as memories.
| || HS-PS1-1 |
Students can use Shrinkles Cells in an investigation to predict properties of elements. Students can use the Periodic Table as a model to predict the relative properties of elements based on the patterns of electrons in the outermost energy level of atoms. HS-PS2-6
Students can use Shrinkles Cells in an investigation to communicate scientific and technical information about why the molecular-level structure is important in the functioning of designed materials. HS-LS1-1
Students can use Shrinkles Cells to construct an explanation and models of cells based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins that carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells. HS-LS1-2
Students can use Shrinkles Cells to develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions with multicellular organisms. HS-LS1-5
Students can use Shrinkles Cells to develop a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy.
Students can use Shrinkles Cells, colored pencils and permanent markers to learn about density change in a material. Have some fun; color and label the essential information on a sheet. Punch six close holes in the sheet before you shrink it down and students can make key chains, zipper pulls or backpack tags. No hole; add flexible magnet tape on the back, for a kitchen or locker magnet. Use a toaster oven and let students watch. 2-PS1-1
Students can use Shrinkles Cells in an investigation to see density in action. The heat sensitive material is a polymer. K-2-ETS1-2
Students can draw on Shrinkles Cells during an investigation to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem. They can also cut out the object before shrinking to emphasize shape. Some students may want to make multiple objects and cut them out to make a mini-jigsaw puzzle for form and function. MS-LS1-1
Students can use Shrinkles Cells, colored pencils, and permanent markers to draw, color, and label the essential information about cells and DNA.
Students can develop models that convey the complex functions and processes that occur. After the research and drawing is complete, students will have the satisfaction of shrinking down their scientific model and making jewelry or keychains for continued learning.
* NGSS is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards were involved in the production of, and do not endorse, this product.