Bonnie Waltz, Deanna Mayers, Tracy Rains
Life Science, Biology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
High School
9, 10, 11, 12
  • Biology
  • Cell Cycle
  • Cellular Reproduction
  • Mitosis
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    Downloadable docs, Interactive, Text/HTML, Video

    Mitosis and the Cell Cycle

    Mitosis and the Cell Cycle


    The human body is composed of trillions of cells. Each cell has a specific purpose to help carry out life. Many of these trillions of cells will wear out and need replaced. This essential process for life is called mitosis. In this seminar you will explore, compare, and reflect on how cells reproduce and make copies of themselves. Additionally, you will be challenged to create a model of the process based on your experience.


    BIO.B.1.1.1 Describe the events that occur during the cell cycle: interphase, nuclear division (i.e., mitosis or meiosis), cytokinesis.


    Introductory warm-up activity.

    Mitosis is the process of cells dividing. To get started, you will explore mitosis through this video “Mitosis Song.


    Read or watch the resources to learn about this concept, then do the practice activity.






    To get started we will learn about the cell cycle. Read “What is Cell Cycle?

    Continue to learn about how cells divide through the process of mitosis by watching the following video “Splitting Up is Complicated.” While you watch, complete this “Video Guide.”


    Mitosis follows a series of steps that help the cell divide. Use the following article to learn more about mitosis by clicking here. For this “Do” you will complete a mitosis lab activity.  You can access the “student resources here.”  Once you are finished, you can review the assignment using this “answer key.”


    Discuss your ideas / opinions / understandings.


    In mitosis, the cell divides. Each step has a different name. Based on what you have learned, explain the purpose of interphase and how it's related to cell division.


    Now it is time to self check how much you have learned about mitosis.  If you do not know as much as you thought, go back to the “Explore” section of this seminar and reread, rewatch, or redo the activities listed.  See your facilitator if you have questions.

    Click here to take the quiz online. You do not have to log into the quiz site in order to take this quiz. If a window pops up asking you to sign up for the quiz site, just close the sign-up window and start your quiz.


    This is a task or project where you can show what you know.


    Mitosis is a process starting with one cell and ending with two identical copies. The goal of this project is to create an interactive presentation that walks the user through the steps of mitosis.  Each step should be described and illustrated in detail.  Be sure to include the following:

    A slide for each step of mitosis

    • A description of what is happening on each slide

    • An image or drawing that shows major events

    • Each click should progress through the steps of mitosis.

    Evaluate your work with this “Rubric.”


    Complete this wrap-up activity where you reflect on your learning.  

    After completing this lesson, reflect on what you have learned.  With that understanding, respond to the prompt below:   


    • What are some things your classmates do or could do to help you learn in regards to this lesson?