Mitosis and Meiosis Chat: Cell Division Lab Stations

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Amy Brown Science
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9th - 12th, Homeschool
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These 9 "Mitosis Chat!" lab stations will ensure that your students have mastered the concepts of cell division. Students will work together to solve a problem, complete a task, and /or carry out a small experiment at each of the 9 stations. 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.

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?

This 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

Please Note:

If your students do not have previous knowledge about mitosis and meiosis or the vocabulary used in a cell division unit, prior instruction will be needed before attempting these lab stations. These lab stations are not intended to be a “first day of instruction” lesson. These lab stations are designed for review, reinforcement, and to build upon the foundation of knowledge that your students already have. This resource does not include teaching materials such as textbook readings, informational text readings, or a teaching PowerPoint.

Click this link to view my Cell Division (Mitosis and Meiosis) Teaching PowerPoint and Notes Set.

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

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46 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.
Analyze the structure of the relationships among concepts in a text, including relationships among key terms (e.g., force, friction, reaction force, energy).
Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms. Assessment does not include specific gene control mechanisms or rote memorization of the steps of mitosis.
Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors. Emphasis is on using data to support arguments for the way variation occurs. Assessment does not include the phases of meiosis or the biochemical mechanism of specific steps in the process.


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