Part of Unit: Mitosis and Meiosis
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
This Meiosis lesson serves as an induction to Meiosis. At the time, I teach Meiosis student have already learned Mitosis. This lesson includes vocabulary, lecture notes, and links to various video clips to visually show the process of meiosis.
- Instructional Time
- 50 Minutes
California Career and Technical Education Standards
- ANR.C.C5.3 Understand various cell actions, such as osmosis and cell division.
- ANR.C.C7.4 Understand the fertilization process.
- ANR.C.C7.5 Understand the purpose and processes of mitosis and meiosis.
- ANR.FS.11.0 Demonstration and Application
- ANR.FS.9.3 Understand how to organize and structure work individually and in teams for effe...
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
- ELA.8.R.VCD.1.3 Use word meanings within the appropriate context and show ability to verify thos...5
- ELA.9-10.R.CAGT.2.5 Extend ideas presented in primary or secondary sources through original analysis...3
- S.9-12.LS.2.a Students know meiosis is an early step in sexual reproduction in which the pairs...1
- S.9-12.LS.2.b Students know only certain cells in a multicellular organism undergo meiosis.1
- S.9-12.LS.2.d Students know new combinations of alleles may be generated in a zygote through t...1
- S.9-12.LS.2.e Students know why approximately half of an individual’s DNA sequence comes from ...1
Objectives and Goals
- Students will be able to compare and contrast mitosis and meiosis.
- Students will be able to identify which cells undergo meiosis.
Activities in this Lesson
- Meiosis You Tube Clip - Hooks / Set
In order to introduce the concept of meiosis, I use their prior knowledge of mitosis combined with student interest of funny You-tube clips. In this clip, the teacher is introducing the concept of meiosis and the students then break out into a song comparing mitosis and meiosis. After the video, I lead right into my first challenge/competition for the students. I put up a Powerpoint slide illustrating both the mitosis and meiosis processes. I pair the students into groups of two and have them pull out a piece of paper. Their challenge is to make a list of both differences and similarities between the two processes. I tell them even the smallest things count such as color and location. To motivate the students even more, I pull out a bag of candy and inform that that the top three teams will be greatly rewarded for their efforts. I give the students two minutes to write down as many differences and similarities. After time is called, I determine and reward the winners. I then use random called for the students to share out-loud the items they discovered. This process will lead right into my lesson as I will explain in detail the items the students discovered during the lecture.
- Lesson Vocabulary - Lecture
Every lesson that involved a new concept or lecture notes, I start with teaching vocabulary. Students must have a good comprehension of the unit vocabulary in order to access the content. Attached you will find the students notes sheet. When I teach vocabulary, I start by providing the students with the defination to write on their note sheets. After the defination is discussed, I have my class come up with a paraphrase to write in the paraphrase box. Next, I have the students draw a picture of the vocabulary word. The final step is to have each student rank the word base on their understanding on a scale of 1-4. Ranking the word a 1 would mean the student still had no clue the meaning of the word. A ranking of 4 would mean the students had mastered the meaning of the word. As I teach, I walk around taking note of the students' ranking of each word, so I know which items I need to reteach. Through out the attached Meiosis PowerPoint you will find questions to check for understanding as I go through the lesson.
- Meiosis Notes - Lecture
Upon completion of the vocabulary, I jump right into the meiosis notes. You will find on the student worksheet a section for the students to fill in the blanks as the teacher presents the notes. Through out the PowerPoint presentation there are check for understanding questions to make sure the students understand the content before moving on.
- Assessment Types:
- Journals, Teacher-Made Test, Observations,
Students will be assessed through out the lesson by checking for understanding slides throughout the vocabulary and notes. At the end of the lesson, students will be assessed by their completion of comparing and contrasting mitosis and meiosis. See attached PowerPoint slide. I also have a system is place that is part of my daily routine that holds students accountable for their own learning. My students fill out a student learning log every day. I have attached this document below. At the beginning of class my students write down the posted daily objective and at the end of the day the students log their response to the daily objective by writing how they individual met the objective in class that day. I use this as an assessment tool. I can open up a students binder and read their student learning log to evaluate their comprehension of the lesson. Through the lesson, I remind my students that they will be responding to the objective at the end of the period and it encourages them to make sure the have the content so they will have something to write about in their log.