Although most cells have the same basic stuff, there are some differences between animal cells and plant cells.
CELL WALL • Animal cells do not have a cell wall, only a cell membrane, that’s why animals can move. • Plant cells have both a cell wall and a cell membrane, that’s what makes stems rigid, and makes plant cells form rectangular shapes in a brick wall pattern.
SHAPE • Animal cells are roundish or blob shaped because they have only a membrane on the outside. • Plant cells are kinda rectangular because of the shape of the cell wall. They often look like bricks in a brick wall
COLOR • Animal cells are pink, clear, red, orange, bluish, (anything but green) • Plant cells are green or sometimes clear if the cell is part of a root that doesn’t see sunlight.
CHLOROPLASTS • Animal cells need to absorb sugar for food, so they do not have chloroplasts. • Plant cells make their own food from sunlight, so they have chloroplasts to absorb sunlight.
VACUOLES • Animal cells have many small vacuoles. • Plants need lots of water to conduct photosynthesis, so they need big vacuoles to store lots of water.
LYSOSOMES • Animal cells have to take in food, so they have more waste products to digest, and thus more lysosomes. • Plant cells have very little waste, so they have very few lysosomes.