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Plant cell analogy for a school


This directs all of the cell's activities, including reproduction. This is like the main office because that is where everything is controlled from.


These small structures function as factories to produce proteins. This may be attached to outer surfaces of the endoplasmic reticulum, or they may float free in the cytoplasm. This is like the kitchen because the kitchen produces protein.


Most of the cell's energy is produced within these rod-shaped organelles. This is like the commons because that is where the students are able to obtain their energy.


These organelles capture energy from sunlight and use it to produce food for the cell. This is like the lunch workers because they use their energy to make us food.

Cell membrane

This protects the cell and regulates what substances enter and leave the cell. This is like the windows and doors because it determines what goes in and comes out.


This is the area between the cell membrane and the nucleus It contains a gel-like fluid in which many different organelles are found. This is like a classroom because a classroom holds everything like students, supplies, etc.

Cell wall

In a plant cell a stiff wall surrounds the cell membrane, giving the cell a rigid boxlike shape. This is like the outer school wall because it keeps and gives the school its shape and protection.


Most mature plant cells have a large one of these. This sac within the cytoplasm stores water, food, waste products, and other materials. This is like the garbage bins/ ala carte because they store water, food, and waste.

Golgi body

This recieve materials from the endoplasmic reticulum and send them to other parts of the cell. They also release materials outside the cell. This is like the computers because it saves, receives, and sends out information.

Endoplasmic Reticulum

This network of passageways carries materials from one part of the cell to another. These are like the hallways because they transfer students through the school.

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