In the Cell Division Comics activity, students create short comic strips that tell the story of cell division in a creative manner. Similar to the cell analogies project, students use abstraction to develop an analogy that still represents the scientific details they need to know about cellular division. Students brainstorm, create a quick sketch and then draw their final comic to share with their peers.
Cell division, mitosis, meiosis
Primary CT concept: abstraction. After spending some time learning about the nitty-gritty details of cell division, this is a great opportunity for students to take a step back and think about the process at a higher level, representing each step in the process with a creative analogy.
Students will be able to:
Describe each step involved in cell division
Create a visual representation the complete cell division process
Comic panel templates
Colored pencils / markers
Suggested lesson breakdown:
This activity is more of a practice/synthesis tool than a teaching tool, and therefore works best towards the end of the unit.
5min - introduce project, go over requirements and grading rubric
10-15min - students brainstorm their idea and sketch a draft version of their comic strip
15-30min - students create the final version of their comic strip
5min - students share their comics with one another