The cell is the basic unit of life. All organisms are made up of cells (or a single cell). Most cells are very small and can only be seen with a microscope. Cells are covered by a cell membrane and come in many different shapes. The contents of a cell are called the protoplasm.

The following is a glossary of animal cell terms:

cell membrane - the thin layer that covers and protects the cell.

cytoplasm - the jellylike material of the cell that holds all the cell parts in place.

mitochondrion - The mitochondrion provides energy for the cell by turning nutrients into food.

nucleus - The nucleus controls all of the cell parts. It is like the brain in a cell.

vacuole -  The vacuole fills with food for the cell and stores the extra waste.

Copy and paste the diagram below into Paint. Label the animal cell with the words used above.