Mitosis (and Meiosis!) Chat: These cell division lab stations will ensure that your students have mastered the concepts of mitosis and meiosis.
What is included in this product?
• 15 Pages of Student Worksheets
• 9 Mitosis Chat Lab Station Instruction Cards
• 4 Pages of Task Cards
• 5-Page Teacher Guide
• 13-Page Teacher Answer Key
What is the purpose of this activity?
My “Chat” activities involve lab stations and cooperative student groups. Students will work together to solve a problem, complete a task and /or carry out a small experiment at each station. I use the word “chat” to emphasize to my students that they are to work together and have a productive discussion at each lab station in order to maximize their understanding and mastery of the concepts being covered.
This particular chat activity covers cell division. Students will explore the limits to cell size, learn to recognize the stages of mitosis and meiosis, determine the result of each type of cell division, and think about why mitosis and meiosis occur in different cells. Students will compare mitosis in plant and animal cells and use a simple calculation to determine how much time a cell spends in each stage. Students will explore the cell cycle, and crossing over. These lab stations will ensure that your students understand and master the concepts involved in cell division.
Do just a few lab stations or do them all! All materials are completely editable.
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Need more information about the use of lab stations in your classes?
Click this link to view my video on how to set up, implement, and use lab stations in your science classes.
What are the benefits of this activity?
• Group work is an important part of what we do in a science class, and it is a skill that will be needed throughout life. Lab station activities teach students how to work together to achieve a goal.
• Lab Stations break down the information into smaller and more manageable units. This prevents students from becoming overwhelmed when faced with massive amounts of information.
• The lab stations will ensure that students have mastered the concepts of cell growth and division.
What will the students be doing?
There are 9 lab stations. Students will rotate through the stations, completing the tasks at each station. Each station will highlight a cell division-related task to be completed by the group as well as a worksheet of analysis questions. There are 15 pages of student worksheets. Four lab stations have a one-page student worksheet. Four lab stations have a two-page student worksheet. One station has a three-page student worksheet.
Need to save paper? No problem! Place one copy of the student worksheet at each lab station and have students complete the work on their own notebook paper.
Concepts covered at each lab station:
Station 1: How Big Can a Cell Grow?
Station 2: The Cell Cycle
Station 3: Mitosis in Plant and Animal Cells
Station 4: How Much Time Does Mitosis Take?
Station 5: Mitosis and Meiosis Acrostic Puzzle
Station 6: Mitosis or Meiosis? Which is Which?
Station 7: Arrangement of Chromosomes in Mitosis and Meiosis
Station 8: Crossing Over
Station 9: Cell Division Task Cards
More details of each lab station are given in the preview.
• Three round balloons
• Meter stick
• Colored pencils
• Prepared slides of onion root tip mitosis
• Prepared slides of whitefish blastula mitosis
The 5-page teacher guide includes:
• Purpose of the activity.
• Description of what students will be doing.
• How to carry out your role as facilitator.
• Materials List
• Safety Precautions
• Complete instructions for how to set up each lab station.
• Tips and suggestions for successful completion of the activity.
This product also includes a very detailed 13-Page Teacher Answer Key
Related products include:
Mitosis and Meiosis: A Complete Unit Plan Bundle
Biology Buzz Words: Cell Division
Mitosis and Meiosis Powerpoint and Notes
Mitosis, Meiosis, Cell Division - Set of 3 Homework Assignments
Mitosis Quiz or Review Sheet
Crossword Puzzle on Mitosis and Meiosis
Mitosis and Cell Division Powerpoint Jeopardy Review Game
Meiosis Jeopardy Review Game
Mitosis and Meiosis Unit Test
Mitosis and Meiosis Simulation Lab with Pop Beads
Cell Structure and Physiology Interactive Notebook Pages, Warm Ups, or Bell Ringers
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