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Proof I can turn anything into an analogy of Christmas

December 8, 2009

Nerd alert!

Last night in my final class of the fall 2009 semester, we watched the last three students present their microteaching lessons to the class. In one we were learning about cell organelles and were asked to make an analogy of the cell to something (a classroom, a city, a factory). I turned to my partner friend and said, “Can we do Santa and his workshop?”

My friendship with my partner was solidified when she didn’t miss a beat and said, “Totally.”

Here, friends, is the analogy we made of the cell and all of its parts to Santa Claus.

  • The nucleus. Center of all activity. The big kahuna. = Santa Claus.
  • The proteins. Driving export of the cell. = Presents.
  • The vacuole. Stores food, water, excess materials. = Santa’s toy bag.
  • The mitochondria. Provider of energy. = Milk and cookies.
  • The ribosomes. Maker of proteins (gifts). = Elves.
  • Endoplasmic reticulum. Makes sure the proteins (gifts) get where they need to go. = Conveyor Belts/Factory machinery.
  • The Golgi apparatus. Delivers the proteins (gifts) to all who need it outside the cell. = Santa’s Reindeer/Sleigh.
  • DNA. Tells us what proteins (gifts) to make. = The Naughty/Nice list.
  • The semipermeable cell membrane. Lets some in, keeps some out. = The North Pole.
  • The lysosome. Gets leftover proteins to destroy. = The Grinch.

Impressive, scary, awesome, take your pick.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. holly permalink
    December 8, 2009 12:03 pm

    omg, is that where my hard-earned cash went…?

  2. December 8, 2009 3:50 pm

    You’re totally gonna be the greatest bio teacher ever.

  3. December 8, 2009 7:41 pm

    This is AWESOME. Love it. We should turn everything into analogies for Christmas-related things. I may just write up my own post on this very topic. Just Brilliant.

  4. marty watkin permalink
    February 1, 2010 12:55 pm

    most excellent, plus scary.

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