Mitosis and Meiosis Chat: Cell Division Lab Stations

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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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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.

Materials List:
• Three round balloons
• String
• Meter stick
• Calculator
• Colored pencils
• Microscopes
• 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

Chromosome Squashes

Mitosis Quiz or Review Sheet

Meiosis Quiz

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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Mitosis and Meiosis Chat:  Cell Division Lab Stations
Mitosis and Meiosis Chat:  Cell Division Lab Stations
Mitosis and Meiosis Chat:  Cell Division Lab Stations
Mitosis and Meiosis Chat:  Cell Division Lab Stations