Parts of a Plant Cell: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:03 What Are Cells?
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Instructor: Dacia Upkins

Dacia has taught all core elementary subjects for 14 years with a Master's degree in Urban Teacher Leadership.

In this lesson, you will learn about the most common parts found inside of plant cells. By the end of the lesson, you will be able to describe what each of these parts does for the plant cell.

What Are Cells?

Look very closely at your arm. Now look a little closer. Go ahead…I'll wait. Now look even more closely. If you had a pair of superhero magnifying glasses - okay, or just a microscope - you'd discover that the skin on your arm is made up of very small parts called cells. Cells are the building blocks of plants, animals, and all other living things. It's similar to creating a cool robot out of different types of Lego blocks. Cells, like these blocks, come together to create an awesome living thing.

I will never forget when I got to go on a field trip to a candy factory to see how these sweet treats are made. I learned that it takes a lot of different machines and people to make little delicious pieces of tastiness. Both plant cells and animal cells work like their own little factories. There are parts on the outside to protect them as well as parts on the inside to make sure the cells work. And although plant and animal cells have some similar parts, there are also some differences between the two. Let's explore the plant cell.

Parts of a Plant Cell

The cell wall is much like the walls of a factory building. It protects the cell from everything outside of it and keeps it from losing its shape. This is a special part that can be found on plant cells but not on animal cells. It's necessary because, plants, unlike animals, do not have bones to hold them up. On the other side of the cell wall is the cell membrane. This is similar to the doors and paint on the factory wall. It keeps everything inside the cell, but it also allows certain things to enter and exit.

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