Thursday, April 02, 2009

Phases of Mitosis Activity Worksheet

This activity is a worksheet where students cut out the phases of mitosis, sequence them correctly, and then create a poster that illustrates mitosis. I designed this worksheet as a companion teaching aid to this textbook:
McGraw-Hill, Glencoe, Biology: The Dynamics of Life. 2002 and also this website:
I was also designing an activity that was a little bit different, so that when students learn about mitosis in subsequent years, students would not end up repeating an activity that they had already done. The worksheet, a teacher's guide, and a completed sample are below:
I've got my mind on mitosis and mitosis on my mind.

Students seem to enjoy this activity. I have students arrange their cells in sequence and check their cells, before students glue the illustrations on a colored piece of 11 x 17 paper. This also allows for a "talk through" of the phases. I also check to make sure students have labeled the structures listed on the worksheet. Make extra copies because there are those who make mistakes, or lose the top part that has the directions. This activity works well for students who may not have the manual dexterity to draw out the phases. There is also a graphic organizer that can be used with this activity:

Here is a link to a Smartboard version of Sneakerdog's Phases of Mitosis Worksheet:
Here is a link to some pictures that show the phases of mitosis by using donuts!

Here is a link to a worksheet that assists in comparing mitosis and meiosis:
The worksheet is from the following website, which is authored by Denece Newsom:
The following link has videos that show real cells dividing:
The Amoeba Sisters GIFs are very helpful, humorous, and fun:

I also use this biology coloring book in my teaching about cells:

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Laura said...

Hi, I'm student teaching on Long Island, and I'm going to use this in my seventh grade life science class tomorrow. I wanted to say thanks - it looks like a great activity!

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If it doesn't print, you might have to save the image to your computer or flash drive first and then print it out from there.

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