A meaningful and fun graphic organizer that shows the stages of the cell cycle (including mitosis) in a visual and hands-on way. As led by PowerPoint, each student will create their own colorful 6-door graphic organizer detailing each step of the cell cycle.
On the outside of each door students will draw what the cell looks like and name the stage of the cell cycle. On the inside they'll summarize in words what's happening during the cell cycle.
To begin with, after they fold their paper in half and title the middle, students will draw what each cell looks like on the cover of the door, along with it's stage name (interphase, prophase, metaphase, anaphase, telophase, cytokinesis; all combining into mitosis). After adding some arrows to indicate progression, we'll lift each door and write a summary of what happens at that stage of the cell cycle on the inside.
We'll do the first 2 together so students know how this graphic organizer on mitosis and the cell cycle works. Then students will finished the last 4 on their own, which they'll do by completing the cell drawings and summarizing in words what's happening at that stage of mitosis and the cell cycle.
Key terms: cell cycle, mitosis, interphase, prophase, metaphase, anaphase, telophase, cytokinesis