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Activity Overview

Mitosis is one process of cell division that produces two genetically identical daughter cells from one parent cell. It is the most common way cells divide. In this activity, students will create a storyboard that models the stages of mitosis 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.

Stages of Mitosis

  1. Prophase: Chromosomes condense and spindle fibers start to form.
  2. Prometaphase: The nuclear envelope starts to break down and the chromosomes finish condensing. The spindle fibers start to attach to the chromosomes.
  3. Metaphase: All the spindle fibers have been attached to the chromosomes. The chromosomes are lined up along the center of the cell, at a point known as the metaphase plate.
  4. Anaphase: The cell elongates as the sister chromatids are pulled apart by the spindle fibers.
  5. Telophase: Two new nuclei form and the spindle fibers break down.
  6. Cytokinesis: The cells pinch in the middle and split to form two new separate cells.
Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 9-12

Difficulty Level 4 (Difficult / Complex)

Type of Assignment Individual or Group

Common Core Standards
  • [SCI-HS-LS1-4] Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms.

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard showing the process of mitosis.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Add the stages of mitosis as the titles of the cells. Add more cells if necessary.
  3. Use a series of shapes and props to create a visualization of each stage. Look for the special cell item under Science > Anatomy!
  4. Write a description of each stage in the description box under each cell.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


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

Cell Division
Describe the stages of cell division using text and illustrations.
25 Points
13 Points
0 Points
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.
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.
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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