Cell Cycle Introduction

The cell cycle involves both the growth and division of a cell.  The life and length of a cell varies by the particular type, yet Eukaryotic cells undergo a process of cell growth and carrying metabolic functions (interphase) and division (mitosis & cytokinesis)



  1. Partner with one other student (table group of 4) or two students (table group of three).

  1. Watch the Mitosis & Cytokinesis animation from McGraw Hill

  1. On your notes packet, describe the events of interphase and mitosis (the specifics of interphase will be discussed in the homework video).

  1. Pretend we have a mythical creature that has three chromosomes pairs (humans have 46) arranged in three pairs (chromosome 1, 2, & 3).   This organism has chromosomes from dad (blue) and a chromosome from mom (red).

  1. Using the following vocabulary, chromosome cutouts, nucleus cut outs, and cell diagram for our mythical creature, create a model to represent each of the following stages (including interphase and specifically S Phase).  After completing each stage outlined below, take a picture using a phone; be ready to show and explain your pictures to Rott.

  1. Stages of Cell Cycle:
  1. Partner A: Start of Interphase
  2. Partner A: End of Interphase
  3. Partner B: Prophase
  4. Partner A: Metaphase
  5. Partner B: Anaphase
  6. Partner A: Telophase
  7. Partner B: Explain how mitosis produces two genetically identical nuclei

  1. Vocabulary:
  1. Chromosome
  2. Sister Chromatid
  3. Nucleus
  4. Nuclear Envelope
  5. Centromere
  6. Centrosome
  7. Each stage of Mitosis

Other Animations & Videos