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  • Today children, we are going to be learning about cell division! The first step is called interphase where the cell performs normal cell functions and the DNA doubles itself. Sit down, get comfortable! Any questions?
  • Huh?
  • DNA
  • nucleus
  • What's a nuclear membrane?
  • In the second step of the cell division, something called mitosis occurs. Mitosis is made up of 4 stages. The first step is called prophase and chromosomes- made of 2 compacted DNA strands called chromatids- form. The nuclear membrane begins to disappear, and spindle fibers start to reach across the cell.
  • spindle fiber
  • chromosomes
  • centrioles
  • The nuclear membrane is a thin layer that supports the nucleus! Fantastic question.
  • In the second stage of mitosis, called metaphase, the chromosomes will line up in the middle of the cell. The spindle fibers will attach to the centromeres- the center- of each chromosome.
  • What's a spindle fiber?
  • Spindle fibers are protein structured that divide the genetic material in a cell. Fabulous, Jimmy! I think you're starting to get it now.
  • The third phase of mitosis is called anaphase. Anaphase is when the chromatids separate into different chromosomes and are pulled to opposite sides of the cell. I know this is a confusing lesson children, but stay with me, I promise you will understand at the end. Any questions before we move on?
  • V
  • V
  • chromatids
  • V
  • V
  • Oh, so does how should I remember this?
  • Remember: A equals Away, and the chromatids are being pulled AWAY! Good question, Anna.
  • The fourth and final stage of mitosis is called telophase. During telophase, the nuclear membrane begins to form around each group of chrmosomes, DNA returns to strand formation, and the cell membrane pinches in.
  • nuclear membrane
  • The nuclear membrane is the thing we got rid of in the beginning, right?
  • Yes, Sam! That's right. We are now getting it back because all eukaryotic cells need a nucleus!
  • I get it now!
  • So now we are finally at the last stage of cell division called cytokinesis where the cell splits into two identical daughter cells.
  • I get it now!
  • Identical daughter cells!
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