Cell Division

It is hard to believe a 300-foot-tall Redwood tree began as a single cell hundreds of years ago. How did it grow so large? Observe how different kinds of cells (bacteria, sex cells, and eukaryotic cells) reproduce or make more cells for the organism to survive through binary fission, mitosis, and meiosis. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use to introduce a unit on cell division
  • Follow up with a lab where learners observe the stages of cell division under the microscope
  • Have a vocabulary wall, or word wall, to support all of the vocabulary involved in cell division
Classroom Considerations

  • Classroom needs a computer, access to the Internet, and a projection system
  • Part seven in a series of 37
Pros

  • Contains great visuals showing all three processes
  • Includes a nice summary at the end comparing fission, mitosis, and meiosis
  • Offers a simple way to introduce cell division and expose learners to all three processes at the beginning of a unit
Cons

  • None
Common Core