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Plants and Animal Cells

Plants and Animal Cells

Author: Viviana Ramirez

California Content Standards Grade 7: Cell Biology   

1 a. Students know cells function similarly in all living organisms
1b.  Students know the characteristics that distinguish plant cells from animal cells including chloroplasts and cell walls.

1c.  Students know the nucleus is the repository for genetic information in plant and animal cells.

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Plant vs Animal Cell

Before You Start

There are two main broad categories of cells which are Prokaryotic and Eukaryotic.  Eukaryotic cells include those of plants and animals. 

Both plants and animal cells have similar organelles like a nucleus.

The nucleus is one of the most important organelles in the cell.  It contains genetic material. 

Plants contain organelles that animal cells do not. 

Chloroplasts, Large Vacuoles and Cell Wall are only found in plant cells. 

Biology: Cell Structure

This is an excellent video on the structure of a cell. Explains organelle structure from both plant and animal cells.

Source: Source: Biology: Cell Structure (n.d.). Retrieved January 16, 2018 from

Cell Differences

Click on Cell Differences to learn more about the characteristics of each one of the different organelles found only within a plant cell.

Source: Source: SparkNotes:Cell Differences (2017). Retrieved January 16, 2018 from

Review and Practice!


Click here to review about the characteristics of both plant and animal cell organelles and practice filling out the worksheets to test your knowledge.

Source: Source: Comparing Plant and Animal Cells (n.d.). Retrieved January 16, 2018 from

Final Question

Big Idea

Create a Google Doc form and answer the following questions. 

What are the different organelles found in Plant cells not found in Animal Cells? What are their functions?