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Author:Connie Schultz
System: Shelby County
School: Vincent Middle High School
Lesson Plan ID: 23760

Cell Division- A WebQuest


In this lesson, students will learn about cell division via the Internet. Students will learn about the stages of mitosis and meiosis. In addition, students will learn about the cell cycle.
This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project, funded by the Malone Family Foundation.

Content Standard(s):
SC(9-12) Biology6. Describe the roles of mitotic and meiotic divisions during reproduction, growth, and repair of cells.
SC(9-12) Biology8. Identify the structure and function of DNA, RNA, and protein.
SC(9-12) Genetics Elective2. Describe factors such as radiation, chemicals, and chance that cause mutations in populations.
SC(9-12) Genetics Elective4. Describe the process of meiosis and the cell cycle, including the hereditary significance of each.
TC2(9-12) Computer Applications11. Critique digital content for validity, accuracy, bias, currency, and relevance.
Local/National Standards:

National Academy of Science NS.9-12.1 SCIENCE AS INQUIRY As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry • Understandings about scientific inquiry NS.9-12.3 LIFE SCIENCE As a result of their activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop understanding of • The cell • Molecular basis of heredity • Biological evolution • Interdependence of organisms • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems • Behavior of organisms NS.9-12.5 SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY As a result of activities in grades 9-12, all students should develop • Abilities of technological design • Understandings about science and technology

Primary Learning Objective(s):

Students will describe cell division and the cell cycle. Students will create a portfolio of pictures displaying the steps of mitosis and meiosis.

Additional Learning Objective(s):  
Approximate Duration of the Lesson: 91 to 120 Minutes
Materials and Equipment:

*Web site* Materials to take notes* Colored pencils and markers

Technology Resources Needed:

Computer access Internet access


This lesson could be used as an introduction to cell division. It could also be used as a wrap up tool to check for student understanding.

1.)Students will learn about cell division through a WebQuest by using designated web sites on the Internet.

2.)To access the WebQuest, students will need the attachment downloaded to the computer(s). Links are located in the attched document. Internet access is necessary.

Attachments:**Some files will display in a new window. Others will prompt you to download. Cell Division-WebQuest Final-ALEX-2008-2.doc
Assessment Strategies:

Refer to rubric for assessment strategies for WebQuest.


Students could research how radiation, chemicals and change cause mutations during the cell cycle. These could be presented to the class.


Students could be given additional vocabulary worksheets. Students could use their book to reseach information.

Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

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