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Activity Overview


In this activity, students will create a storyboard that models the stages of meiosis from start to finish. Students should be sure to provide a description of what happens at each stage along with a visual representation. For an alternate activity, print out the example storyboard, cut the cells out, and have students put the steps in the correct order.

STAGEDESCRIPTION
Prophase I Chromosomes condense and spindle fibers start to form. The chromosomes pair up with the homologue partner. The homologous pairs then swap fragments in a process known as crossing over.
Metaphase I Spindle fibers attach the chromosome pairs and move them to line up on a line known as the metaphase plate.
Anaphase I The cell elongates as the homologous parts are pulled apart by the spindle fibers. The sister chromatids stay together.
Telophase I Two new nuclei form and the spindle fibers break down. The cells become separate through a process known as cytokinesis.
Prophase II Chromosomes condense and spindle fibers start to form.
Metaphase II Spindle fibers attach to the chromosomes. The chromosomes are lined up along the center of the cell, at a point known as the metaphase plate.
Anaphase II The cell elongates as the sister chromatids are pulled apart by the spindle fibers.
Telophase II Two new nuclei form from each haploid cell. The spindle fibers break down. The gametes separate from each other through a process known as cytokinesis.
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 4 (Difficult / Complex)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group



Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard that illustrates the stages of Meiosis

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Add the stages of meiosis as the titles of the cells.
  3. Use a series of shapes and props to create a visualization of each stage.
  4. Write a description of each stage in the description box under each cell.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


Rubric

(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)



Cell Division
Describe the stages of cell division using text and illustrations.
Proficient
25 Points
Emerging
13 Points
Beginning
0 Points
Stages
All the stages have been identified and are in the correct order.
Most of the stages have been identified and are in the correct order.
Some of the stages have been identified and are in the correct order.
Visualizations
The storyboard cell clearly illustrates the stage.
The storyboard cell relates to the stage but is difficult to understand.
The storyboard does not clearly relate to the stage.
Descriptions
There are clear descriptions, including good scientific vocabulary, explaining what is happening at all stages.
There are clear descriptions explaining what is happening at most stages.
There are clear descriptions explaining what is happening at some stages.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.




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