Cell Unit Study - Week 8 - Golgi Apparatus

Week 8: We created a Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum and a Golgi Apparatus. Then we learned how they move proteins to other parts of the body.

We are continuing to follow David Macaulay's The Way We Work as a guide for our cell activities. Last week we learned how Ribosomes create proteins. Once the proteins leave the ribosomes they enter a Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum to be packaged in membrane sacs. Then they enter the Golgi Apparatus where digestive enzymes (Lysosomes) and waste products are added to the membrane sacs to be removed from the cell or recycled.

Our Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum is represented by the cardboard box filled with cardboard. The balloons represent the membrane sacs.

A second cardboard box filled with more cardboard represents the Golgi apparatus. The lysosomes are the red beads and the waste products are the other beads.

The proteins (fiber) leave the ribosome, get packed into membrane sacs in the rough endoplasmic reticulum, and enzymes and wastes are added in the golgi apparatus.

The kids packed and shipped the proteins through the factory.

Once the proteins are packaged in membrane sacs, they run along the microtubules (pipe cleaners inserted into straws) to the cell wall.

Wastes products are recycled for future use by the cell.

Be sure to check out our earlier cell activities.
Week 1 - Drawings
Week 2 - Atoms
Week 3 - Molecules
Week 4 - Cell Walls
Week 5 - Cell Structure
Week 6 - DNA
Week 7 - RNA and Ribosomes

We have more cell activities coming, but plan to take a little break. Please come back at the end of January for more.

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  1. We are going to start our human body unit soon. This is such a great way to visualize the parts and funtions of a cell. Thanks.

    1. I hope you can use some of the activities. The kids also watched these human body science videos to go with our study. They are excellent. http://highhillhomeschool.blogspot.com/2012/09/cells-human-body-science.html

  2. I love all of the great ways you show these visuals! It's so much fun.

    Thanks for linking up to Science Sunday!

  3. Great ways to illustrate how cells function!

  4. Thanks for linking to Mom's Library this week! Love this great activity! Following your blog!

    Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk

  5. Loved this so much, I featured it this week on Mom's Library Link-Up! Head on over and grab a Featured on Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk button to proudly add to your post/site!
    Can't wait to see what you have been up to this week!

    Be blessed,
    Julie @ Hey Mommy, Chocolate Milk


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