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Mitosis Models

Time Frame:
1 class period that runs 70 minutes.

Group Size:
Small Groups


Students will use small objects such as Legos to model cell division.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Science - Biology
Standard 2 Objective 3

Investigate the structure and function of cells and cell parts.


  • student sheet (attached)
  • Provide a variety of small objects to be “chromosomes”. Legos are good because they stick together.
  • chenille sticks
  • crayons
  • rubber bands


Student Prior Knowledge:
Students should have briefly gone over mitosis and cell division

Instructional Procedures:

  1. Pass out the student sheet. Place students in groups of 4.
  2. Allow students to read over student sheet.
  3. Give students 20 minutes to create their models.
  4. Allow students to present models to other student groups, then work on outlines.
  5. The written outlines should be due the following day.
  6. If desired, ask students to videotape their model or use a digital camera to take still frames and place in a power point on high speed.

Lesson Design by Jordan School District Teachers and Staff.

Utah LessonPlans

Created Date :
Nov 20 2014 11:50 AM