• Biology Cells Cell Organelles
  • Introduction to Cell Anatomy: Cell Organelles

    Memorizing Songs

    Duration: 15 min

    This is a great activity for introducing cell anatomy to students. Memorization is one of the hardest things a student can do and can become really frustrating. But for some reason the brain is quite adept at quickly memorizing words put into verse with a melody, aka music!

    This is the song I wrote (re-wrote) to help students memorize the names and basic function of the major cell organelles.

    Cell Organelles

    Hello there, my DNA
    Inside the nucleus, you are contained
    You send signals to the Ribosome
    Which makes up proteins, encoded by genes

    Contained in membranes, they’re your cell personnel
    They work as a team to serve the cell well,
    You gotta love’em they’re your cell organelles

    Proteins are sent via vesicles
    In and out, and all around the cell
    Vesicles sent by the Rough ER
    Go down the smooth, to the Golgi Body

    Contained in membranes, they’re your cell personnel
    They work as a team to serve the cell well,
    You gotta love ’em they’re your cell organelles

    Chloroplasts make sugars in plants,
    and the Mitochondria is the power plant
    The Cytoskeleton gives it its shape,
    while the cytoplasm fills it up like a grape

    Contained in membranes, they’re your cell personnel
    They work as a team to serve the cell well,
    You gotta love ’em they’re your cell organelles

    Re-writing lyrics

    Next, I used half sheets containing two lines of lyrics, and distributed them to pairs of students. Students worked together to re write their two lyrics into their own words.

    When everyone was finished we compiled everyone’s answer into a word document. One column had the lyrics to the song, and one column had the student-friendly translation. Copies were then given to each student.

    Written by Rob Nelson

    Rob is an ecologist from the University of Hawaii. He is also an award winning filmmaker. As principle director of the Untamed Science productions his goal is to create videos and content that are both entertaining and educational. When he's not making science content, he races slalom kayaks and skydives.

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    3 thoughts on “Cell Organelles

    1. Jill Olson says:

      The youtube video is not accessible. It’s listed as private

      1. Rob Nelson says:

        Thanks Jill. I’m going to get ahold of my friend that did that video and see if I can get it listed again!

    2. Paul Steury says:

      Once you get it live – let me know! I would love to use it with my 7th graders! We are studying cells right now till the end of January 2015!

      I agree songs help everything!

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