Learning Exercise

Examining mitosis

Students will create visual or graphical representations of the stages of mitosis and present them before the class.
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Exercise

Engagement: Begin by showing the video clip of mitosis located at http://www.hybridmedicalanimation.com/anim_mitosis_wmVideo.html. Exploration: Four groups of students will consult the text, internet, or revisit the video, in order investigate the stages of mitosis and create a graphical or visual representation of their findings which must be accompanied by a written explanation of the stages. Explanation: Students will present their projects and explain the stages in front of the class. Extension: After all groups have presented, students will be asked to revise their written explanations, expand them, and correct any errors that may be present. Evaluation: The teacher will score the written explanations according to a rubric that contains the point scale for each stage of mitosis. I.e. Prophase: 1 point for the dissolving of the nuclear envelope…etc.

Technical Notes

A computer with internet access and a projector will be needed.

Topics

biology, mitosis, cells.

Type of Task

Learning Objectives

Students will understand the main processes that occur during the four basic stages of mitosis.