William Allred, Carrie Robledo
Material Type:
High School
Anaphase, Asexual Reproduction, Cell Cycle, Cell Division, Cytokinesis, Metaphase, Mitosis, Prophase, Telophase
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9-12 Biology: Breakout EDU: Cell Division

9-12 Biology:  Breakout EDU:  Cell Division


Outlines the cell cycle, recognizing mitosis as a part of asexual reproduction and the process for generating new body cells in multicellular organisms. 

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Project Description

Name of ProjectBreakout EDU:  Cell Division
Subject AreaBiology
Targeted StandardsBio.1.2.2 Analyze how cells grow and reproduce in terms of interphase, mitosis and cytokinesis
Driving Question / Problem / ActivatorHow is mitosis related to asexual reproduction?  How is mitosis different in unicellular organisms compared to multicellular organisms?
Project SummaryOutlines the cell cycle, recognizing mitosis as a part of asexual reproduction and the process for generating new body cells in multicellular organisms.
Estimated Time60 minutes
Materials / Resources (including link to slideshow if available)BreakOut EDU kits w/ platform access
TagsCell Cycle, mitosis, prophase, metaphase, anaphase, telophase, cytokinesis, asexual reproduction, cell division

Project Outline 

AskThe problem is to “break out” of the “escape room” given a series of clues and problems related to the topic of cell division and mitosis).  Students must work together as a team in an allotted period of time.
ImagineAs a team, students must come up with a plan for how they will work together most effectively to escape the room as they compete against their peers.
PlanScenarios will be provided as well as materials needed to escape.  
CreateUse the plan of attack on the first level of escape.  Compare to how other teams are working.
ImproveContinue with remaining levels if strategy is working.  If not, come up with a better plan of working together to solve the presented problems.
Closure / Student ReflectionsWinning teams will receive prizes.  Students will fill out a reflection after the activity to reflect on their strategies for completing the activity and whether or not they were successful compared to other teams.
Possible Modifications / ExtensionsStudents could develop their own break out game provided a rubric and parameters.

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