Saturday, April 5, 2014

Science is Sweet - How to Make Cell Pie

We're studying cell structure in our 5th grade science section right now. Rather than simply drawing another diagram we decided it would be pretty sweet to make a pie that illustrates the parts in a simple animal/plant cell.

We didn't just glop stuff in there though, we studied the characteristics of the elements in the cell and tried to find ingredients with similar properties that would still be pretty tasty if mixed together in a pie.

Here's the list of ingredients we came up with:

Brodie might have a Mitochondrion in his mouth in this picture.

We added everything together and the results were pretty sweet! 

One tip, if you decide to try this at home, make sure the whipped cream is super stiff or all of the organelles will sink right in to the cytosol. If it's too soft, stick it in the freezer for a few minutes before you begin. 

In our homeschool nothing's handed to you, so here are some links if you want to find out more about the physical characteristics of all the parts of the cell. 
  1. Nucleolus – Cherry 
  2. Nucleus – Jello
  3. Ribosome – Sprinkles
  4. Vesicle – Jelly beans
  5. Endoplasmic Reticulum  
    1. Smooth – Hot Fudge
    2. Rough – Hot Fudge with Sprinkles
  6. Golgi Apparatus – Strawberry Jelly
  7. Cytoskeleton – Pirouline Cookies
  8. Mitochondrion – Candy Orange Slices
  9. Vacuole – Peanut M&M
  10. Cytoplasm (Cytosol)  –  Whipped Cream
  11. Lysosome – Gushers Fruit Snacks
  12. Centrosome – Twizzlers
  13. Cell Membrane – Graham Cracker Crust
Can you guess why we chose these ingredients? Would you have picked something different?  Let us know in the comments below!

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