Cellular Conversations- The cell project (15pts)
OK we all know what having a “cellular conversation” means in our world, we text, tweet or even call someone on our phones. But how do cells communicate internally? The cell has numerous components called organelles which when they functioning together allow a cell to maintain homeostasis thereby accomplishing all the tasks necessary to keep it alive. In this project each of you is going to research organelles and write an actual conversation between them.
So what is the conversation about? I am so glad you asked. Well your organelles meet for the “first time” in a specific type of cell that I have assigned your group. That type of cell could be a prokaryotic cell like bacteria, or a eukaryotic cell like in our bodies or a plant cell in a leaf or a fruit. You will need to divide up the organelles that are found in your cell among your group members.
Then think about what you need to know about the organelles you are working with like---who am I? What do I do in a cell? What cell types contain me? What other organelles do I most closely work with?
Need a bit more detail? OK…each of these questions has parts to be answered.
Who I am? Well to really understand an organelle you need to know the name, how many of these are in cells? What the shape, size and position in the cell is? And lastly, what are the materials the organelle is constructed from?
What do I do in a Cell? Do I perform a specific function or do I have more than one function? What role do these function(s) have in keeping a cell alive? Do I have a role in making a product for the cell? Does it work solo or is there more than one of this organelle in a cell?
What cell types contain me? You will focus on the one type of cell you are assigned for your conversation but in your research you should identify whether the organelle is found in a prokaryotic or eukaryotic cells and if eukaryotic whether the organelle is found in plant only, animal only or both types of eukaryotic cells?
What other organelles do I work most closely with? Am I an independent agent in a cell or am I created by another organelle? Do I produce something that is used by other organelles? Am I directly connected to other organelles?
To organize your thoughts on these questions please use the attached table to help you.
Once your research is completed you need to talk with your lab partners about what conversation would happen if all of your organelles were invited into the cell plasma membrane of your assigned cell type.
Create a situation like a dinner party or the first day of cell school or some other fun way of introducing to a reader who these organelles are and what they do.
When you have completed that all of this needs to go on the wiki under your project:
Each person will create their own page to put their completed table and any additional information like cell images or video clips that help educate the reader about the organelles you researched.
And then there will be 1 more page in which your situational conversation will be written out. Feel free to use illustrations here to help the reader understand the context of where, who and what is going on.
I look forward to reading your work as will your classmates because on Friday you will be commenting on another group’s work.

Cell Type
Found in
Organelles associated with
Plasma Membrane




Golgi Apparatus





Nucleus and nucleolus and the nucleosome

Cell wall

The chloroplasts is
located inside the plant
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Chloroplasts contain CHLOROPHYLL molecules which absorb the sun's energy and convert it to chemical energy which can be used to fuel chemical reactions in the cell.
They can be found in Plant Cells.
Chloroplasts are organelles found in plant cells and eukaryotic algae that conduct photosynthesis.
Chromoplasts are located
throughout the plant cell.
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Chromoplasts are plastids responsible for pigment synthesis and storage. They, like all other plastids (including chloroplasts and leucoplasts), are organelles found in specific photosynthetic eukaryotic species.
They can be found in animal cells.
Chromoplast is a term for plastids found in plant genera that give color to the plant in addition to differentiated functions like chlorophylls that help in photosynthesis,white plastids help in storage etc.
Leucoplasts are present
in the cytoplasm.
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Leucoplasts are used as storehouses within the cell. Their major function is storage.
They can be found in plant cells.
Leucoplasts are a category of plastid and as such are organelles found in plant cells. They are non-pigmented, in contrast to other plastids such as the chloroplast.