Students are asked to build paper plate models of a cell as it goes through the cell cycle. I have students work in small groups so that they can divide up the work. They are asked to use one plate for Interphase through Telophase and to use two plates for Cytokinesis. I provide a variety of materials for them to use to make the chromosomes, nuclear membrane, centrioles, and spindle, most of which I buy at the Dollar Tree. Some ideas include yarn, pipe cleaner, foam tubing, play-doh, metal fasteners, markers. I also stress consistency: If the chromatin is pink in interphase, it better stay pink when it condenses in prophase.
If any groups finish early, I will often have them create a mobile using a coat hanger to put up in the classroom.
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