Looking for a way to engage your kinesthetic learners and visual learners? Think that the process of cell division might be a topic that your student would rather avoid or heard too many times? Is cell division (the cell cycle) or mitosis a topic that your dread?
Study of mitosis and cell division are an integral part of any biology class. Mitosis can be a complex topic as it leads into the study of cancer, but it are also essential for understanding how growth, development, and repairing of damage (healing) works. Having the students get up, move around, collaborate together, think critically, and be creative can engage most students no matter what the level of ability.
Mind Mapping can boost engagement, long term retention of material, and help students see the connections between process and outcome. The use of Mind Maps helps students see the connection between the words and process. They help to use the whole brain and not segregate knowledge. A mind map is a graphical way to represent ideas and concepts. It is a visual thinking tool that helps structuring information, helping you to better analyze, comprehend, synthesize, recall and generate new ideas. (source: https://litemind.com/what-is-mind-mapping/)
By the end of this activity, the student should be able to demonstrate (a) that knowledge of names of the different parts of mitosis, (b) verbally, visually, and in writing the differences between the different stages of the cell cycle, (c) describe visually and in writing how the the cell prepares for cell division in interphase, and (d) the ability to organize the stages of the cell cycle (interphase, mitosis and cytokinesis).
Included in this activity are answer keys, tips for formative assessment, tips how to address common misconceptions, and a finished sample diagram for guidance.
At least 20-30 minutes total in order to give instructions, perform mapping activity, provide closing/summary statements, and answer follow-up questions. Follow-up questions can be given for homework.
ADDITIONAL SUPPLIES NEEDED (for set up): Paper and Scissors
This file contains the following:
5 page PDF of Structures with size recommendations to be printed out
4 page label and arrow diagrams scaled to appropriate size.
1 page Finished Diagram - usable for demonstration or guidance if students get stuck
7 page Teacher Notes for planning, recommendations for printing, implementation, alignment with standards, and suggestions for differentiation (from Middle School to AP Biology)
2 page Guided Question Handout for Students after activity with Answer Key
If you like this product, be sure to check out the following activities.
Mapping Cellular Respiration (coming soon!)
Meiosis Mind Map (coming soon!)
Cell Division Mapping Bundle (coming soon!)
Protein Translation Mapping Activity (coming soon!)
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