Cell Division

Searching for simple ways to teach mitosis to high schoolers? Using colored chalk and onion root tips, pupils visually demonstrate what they view when looking through the lens of a microscope. There are also various ways to expand the concepts to appeal to all learners in the class.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Use styrofoam pool noodles and have students act out the various phases of mitosis
  • Allow students to present posters demonstrating mitotic phases
Classroom Considerations

  • Provide several color choices when using pool noodles for a clearer visualization
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  • Materials in the lab are easy to clean after completion
  • Many modifications can be made to the lab for differentiated learning and time management

  • Mitosis song is a bit elementary for students in high school and would better apply to elementary classes