This hands-on activity is designed to get students to understand the how's and why's of the process of mitosis, not simply memorize the steps.
Students will use various materials to simulate the changes in the cell and movement of DNA throughout the process and will engage in quick mini-activities to help them understand the purpose of each step in the mitosis process.
The activity is set up in a PowerPoint, with detailed photos showing exactly what students should be doing with their materials. Along with each photo is a description in the notes of what you, the teacher, can be explaining.
This activity is perfect for use in an Interactive Notebook, but can really be done on any piece of paper. It is designed to give students an overview and introduction to the process of mitosis, but can easily be adapted to include additional information or details as you see fit. It also hits NGSS HS-LS1-4 and can be used as support material for MS-LS3-1 and MS-LS3-2.
I've used this activity for years with both middle and high school students. They not only enjoy the activity, but walk away saying "I GET it now!"
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