Comparing a Cell to a Factory

Comparing a Cell to a Factory Photo credit: Clipart.com


Fill in the chart below while reading information at the Cells: A Busy Factory site, which you get to from The Cell as a System student esheet.

In the second column of the chart, write the name of the organelle that functions most like the factory worker described in the first column. In the third column, write a brief description of the function of the organelle in the cell.

Job in the Factory

Cell Organelle

Function of the organelle

Shipping/Receiving Department






Chief Executive Officer (CEO)






Factory floor






Assembly line (where workers do their work)






Workers in the assembly line






Finishing/packaging department






Maintenance crew






Support beams (walls, ceilings, floors)






Power plant






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