Cell Division and Differentiation

SciGuide

SciGuides are a collection of thematically aligned lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources for teachers to use with their students centered on standards-aligned science concepts.

The Cell Division and Differentiation SciGuide includes a variety of resources that explore the cell cycle (including mitosis) and explore how the selective expression of genes allows undifferentiated cells to differentiate and become specialized cells. Additionally, this SciGuide looks at how, once specialized, cells are organized into tissues, organs, and organ systems.

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  • on Sat Sep 13, 2014 9:37 PM

SciGuides are really fantastic. If I am ever asked to teach biology, I can be confident knowing I'll have the ACell Division and Differentiation SciGuide to go to for lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources. I'll be able to create outstanding lessons in a shorter amount of time since many resources are easily accessible in this SciGuide.

Naomi Beverly  (Marietta, GA)
Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA)

  • on Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:20 PM

Another aspect of the SciGuide that makes it easy to use and navigate is the SciGuide Map. It breaks the major concept down into three smaller themes (Continuity of Life, Variations and Specializations of Cells, and Multicellular Organization). This made it easier to find resources specific to what I was teaching. For example, when students were learning about mitosis and cell differentiation, I could easily find resources (University of Utah, Genetics Center) to help me provide them with visuals. I was also able to use mitosis and meiosis video clips I found through the Cell Division link to help my students visually see the difference between the two processes.

Lynn
Lynn

  • on Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:54 AM

Great resource with lots of variety. I like and appreciate how samples of student work is available so you can see what to expect from your students.

Lynn
Lynn

  • on Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:41 AM

This is an excellent collection of resources, linkages, and tools in teaching on of the most challenging concepts in Biology. The lessons are differentiated to all levels of learners with specific insights and applications.

Ronaldo Relador  (Bowie, MD)
Ronaldo Relador (Bowie, MD)

  • on Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:35 PM

The resource does a good job of leading the viewer on an exploration of how cells divide and multiply during growth. It also helps to clarifyte causes of mutations and how they can lead to uncontrolled cell growth. As a middle school science instructor who teaches life science (cells and heredity), I will definitely be using this guide to assist my scholars with understanding the cell cycle (interphase, mitosis, and cytokinesis).

Lorrie Armfield  (Laurel, MD)
Lorrie Armfield (Laurel, MD)

  • on Fri Dec 30, 2011 6:33 PM

The resource does a good job of leading the viewer on an exploration of how cells divide and multiply during growth. It also helps to clarifyte causes of mutations and how they can lead to uncontrolled cell growth. As a middle school science instructor who teaches life science (cells and heredity), I will definitely be using this guide to assist my scholars with understanding the cell cycle (interphase, mitosis, and cytokinesis).

Lorrie Armfield  (Laurel, MD)
Lorrie Armfield (Laurel, MD)

  • on Wed Oct 31, 2012 10:58 PM

This SciGuide was a great source of information for mitosis and had an interesting lesson involving creating flip books. There were also resources on cell structures and features for teachers and students. Most of the information was beyond what I was teaching my elementary school students, but it was very informative for myself. I thought that some of the online animations were excellent. I especially appreciated the ones that showed cell processes happening. The visuals helped me to understand various cell processes, and are resources that I could use in the classroom with students in the future. I would have liked to see more lesson plans that involved learning the basic cell structures for use in my class.

Nichole M
Nichole M

  • on Mon Sep 17, 2012 11:48 AM

This is a very easy lesson to follow and duplicate. Step by step and background really are great for the novice teacher. Great resource for providing a professional development session to other teachers.

Yolanda Smith-Evans  (Houston, TX)
Yolanda Smith-Evans (Houston, TX)

  • on Tue Jun 19, 2012 1:52 AM

I did enjoy looking through the Cell Division and Differentiation SciGuide. Most of the information did not pertain to the second grade level that I am teaching, but I found some sites and information rather useful. For the second grade level, I would focus on all living organisms are made up of cell and that all organisms started as a single cell. This interactive tour of a cell from http://www.nsf.gov/news/overviews/biology/interactive.jsp would keep second graders captivated. I would also mention that cells together can create organs and organs help an organism function. In thinking of health, I recommend the Save Your Skin website from this SciGuide: http://www.tryscience.org/experiments/experiments_begin.html?sunscreen. Our first line of defense is important and since Hawaii has a great deal of sunshine, I felt it was important for students to understand the importance of protecting their skin from the sun’s harmful rays. This site includes activities and a short video/ interactive clip. In focusing on the skin, I also found another website, http://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/introb.html#hrh. Click onto Sensory Systems: The Skin and its Sensory Receptors. There is a brief blurb about what the skin is, four different types of skin, and information of the various skin receptors. This site also includes other Sensory Systems: teeth, eye, ear, nose, and tongue.

Kelly
Kelly

  • on Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:59 AM

This SciGuide was pretty helpful because I had only just heard of mitosis and meiosis flip charts at the end of the last school year and was a little bummed that I hadn't done it earlier with my students. This year I will and I plan to use the guidelines listed in the SciGuide. The flipchart is a great way for visual learners to understand cell division. Also the pdf file that has students calculate the percentage of time that cells stay in for each phase of mitosis was particularly helpful because it involves students doing basic math integration, which is a very weak point at our school in which students still have yet to make significant gains.

Loren Nomura
Loren Nomura

  • on Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:58 PM

Although the sciguide provided very detailed information regarding cellular division and differentiation, the specifics of the content was, I found, difficult to manipulate for use in the 7th grade curriculum. Information such as cell differentiation (types of cells) as well as organization of cells (levels of organization: cell, tissue, organ, organ systems) were available and useful, however for the most part, this sciguide would be great for a high school level course that focuses more on the processes of cells. Great information provided but limits the use in lower grade levels.

Rochelle Tamiya
Rochelle Tamiya


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