Are you learning about animal cells in 5th grade science or biology? If so, you may need to memorize the animal cell, its organelles, and their functions. To help you do this, I’ve created a printable animal cell diagram. Use this convenient study aid in preparation for your upcoming test or quiz.

There are six animal cell diagrams to choose from. The first is a colored and labeled cell diagram. The next is a black and white version of the first.

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Labeled Animal Cell Diagram

Blank Animal Cell Diagram Worksheet

The third and fourth diagrams are animal cell diagram worksheets. Quiz yourself by filling in the blanks.

Unlabeled Animal Cell Diagram

Finally, an unlabeled version of the diagram is included at the bottom of the page, in color and black and white. This may be useful as a printable poster for the classroom, or as part of a presentation or report.

Organelles and their Functions

Nucleus – The cell nucleus is an organelle that contains most of the cell’s genetic material. The nucleus regulates cell growth and metabolism.

Nucleolus – The nucleolus is made of RNA and proteins. It transcribes and modifies RNA.

Lysosomes – The lysosomes contain enzymes that break down biomolecules. They act as the cell’s waste disposal.

Chromatin – Chromatin are macromolecules made up of DNA, protein and RNA.

Centrioles – The centrioles help with cytokinesis. (The splitting of a cell)

Cytoskeleton – The cytoskeleton gives a cell its shape, and prevents if from deforming.

Cytoplasm – The cytoplasm is made up of cytosal, which is a gel-like substance. It is 80% water.

Plasma Membrane – Also known as the cell membrane, the plasma membrane is a selectively permeable wall that separates the cell interior from the outside environment.

Ribosomes – The ribosomes are made of protein and RNA. They convert genetic material into protein.

Rough Endoplasmic Reticulum – The rough endoplasmic reticulum manufactures enzymes and proteins.

Smooth Endoplasmic Reticulum – The smooth endoplasmic reticulum manufactures lipids, phospholipids, and steroids.

Golgi Apparatus – The golgi apparatus, also known as the golgi bodies, packages protein inside a cell, in preparation for secretion.

Mitochondria – The mitochondria are a cell’s power plants. They generate ATP.


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