Using APH Life Science tactile graphics

Cell Structure Intro Using the APH Life Science Tactile Graphics

Prior to instruction on cell structure, this activity utilizes the stellar APH Life Science Tactile Graphics Set to compare animal and plant cell structure.



The only preparation necessary is to remove the animal and plant cell structure tactile graphic from the APH Life Science Tactile Graphics Set for use by the student.   It is page 3 in the set.


  1. Upon entry to the classroom, present each student with a copy of the Animal and Plant Cell structure Tactile Graphic.
  2. Tell the students that this is a graphic of a plant cell and an animal cell.
  3. Inform students that this activity will be a competition.
  4. Students may work alone or in groups.
  5. Students will race to find 3 things that are different about plant cells from animal cells.
  6. Tell students that you don’t expect them to know what all the structures in the cell are yet.  They are just to look for differences. 
  7. Proceed from this introductory activity, to the lesson on plant and animal cell structure.
  8. Review the terms after the lesson.


This activity can also be used after instruction to review the differences between animal and plant cells.

NGSS Standards:

High School – Structure and Function

LS1.A: Structure and Function

Systems of specialized cells within organisms help them perform the essential functions of life. (HS-LS1-1)

By Laura Hospitál

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