Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Mitosis Line Up

Find a set of sketches that illustrates mitosis in as much or as little detail as you'd like.

Cut apart the images and glue each one on an index card (I actually used half an index card for each). 

Have students place the cards in order. 

To allow students to self-check, number the back of the cards. 

I really try to focus on the process of mitosis and the order in which things happen.  We talk about the names for each of the phases, but it's most important to me that my students know what needs to happen first, second, etc. 

Students can  have head-to-head races to see who can put their cards in order first. 

Students can also play a game in which they need to be the first one to collect all six cards and put them in the proper order.  Two students will need two sets of cards to play.  Shuffle the two sets together.  The first student draws the top card and places it in front of him.  The second student follows suit.  The first student then draws another card.  He then has to decide whether it goes before or after the first card he drew.  If he draws a card he already has, it goes to the bottom of the stack and it's the second player's turn.  If a player decides that he's placed the cards in the wong order, he can use a turn to move one card (he does not draw a card during that turn). 

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