Cell Division Comics

Grade 9, 30-60min

In the Cell Division Comics activity, students create short comic strips that tell the story of cell division in a creative manner. Similar to the cell analogies project, students use abstraction to develop an analogy that still represents the scientific details they need to know about cellular division. Students brainstorm, create a quick sketch and then draw their final comic to share with their peers.

Topics addressed:

  • Cell division, mitosis, meiosis
  • Primary CT concept: abstraction. After spending some time learning about the nitty-gritty details of cell division, this is a great opportunity for students to take a step back and think about the process at a higher level, representing each step in the process with a creative analogy.

Students will be able to:

  • Describe each step involved in cell division
  • Create a visual representation the complete cell division process

Materials:

  • PowerPoint presentation: powerpoint pdf
  • Student handout: word pdf
  • Comic panel templates: powerpoint pdf
  • Colored pencils / markers

Suggested lesson breakdown:

This activity is more of a practice/synthesis tool than a teaching tool, and therefore works best towards the end of the unit.

  • 5min – introduce project, go over requirements and grading rubric
  • 10-15min – students brainstorm their idea and sketch a draft version of their comic strip
  • 15-30min – students create the final version of their comic strip
  • 5min – students share their comics with one another

Next Generation science standards:

  • NGSS.HS-LS1-4
    Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms.

Common Core standards:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7
    Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).