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Digital Unit Plan Template

Unit Title: Cells Divide!

Name: Jessica Scolaro

Content Area: Biology

Grade Level: 9

Next Generation Science Standards:

HS-LS1 From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes


HS-LS1-4:
Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining
complex organisms.
HS-LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
HS-LS3-2:
Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from: (1) new
genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations
caused by environmental factor
Big Ideas/Unit Goals:
Essential Qusetions:
How does an organism grow?
What is the cell cycle?
How does meiosis increase genetic diversity?
Why are there two types of cellular division (mitosis and meiosis)?
Why is cell division important to the survival or organisms?
Academic Learning Goals:
Students will understand that all cells go through a similar life cycle, and the type of cell will determine how the cycle progresses.
Given a diagram of the cell cycle, students will be able to identify the steps as well as explain the main roles of each step.

Students will be able to create an accurate model of mitosis and modify their model as the gain new information.
Students will be able to explain how an organism grows in reference to cell division.
Given a diagram of meiosis, students will be able to use their understandings about mitosis to make inferences about the steps and
function of meiosis.
Students will be able to identify the similarities and differences between meiosis and mitosis.
Students will be able to synthesize their content knowledge from previous lessons with data collected via their own research into a
coherent multimedia presentation that answers specific questions about their assigned condition.

Unit Summary:
Every living organism is made up of cells. In this unit, we will learn all about how cells grow and reproduce. We will start with a basic
overview of the cell cycle, which all types of cells go through. Then, we will focus on the two different ways that cells divide. We will
explore both mitosis and meiosis, and learn about the differences between the two processes and why each is important. At the end of
the unit, we will conduct research about what happens when something goes wrong during the cell cycle. This will be a fun and
interesting couple of weeks, so get ready for Cells Divide!

Assessment Plan:
Entry-Level:
- Quick-write: How do wounds
heal?

Lesson 1

Formative:
- Flashcards: Cell Cycle
- Venn Diagram: Mitosis vs
Meiosis
- Quiz: Process and Results of
Meiosis
- Annotated Case Study: The
Case of the Dividing Cell

Summative:
- Research Project: Factors
that affect cell division
- Unit Test

Student
Learning
Objective:
Students will
understand that all
cells go through a
similar life cycle, and
the type of cell will
determine how the
cycle progresses.

Lesson 2
Student
Learning
Objective:
-Students will be able
to explain how an
organism grows in
reference to cell
division.
- Given a diagram
of the cell cycle,
students will be able to
identify the steps as
well as explain the
main roles of each
step.

Lesson 3
Student
Learning
Objective:
Students will be able to

Acceptable
Evidence
(Assessments):
-Accurate
completion of
Webercise activity
-Flashcards

Lesson Activities:

Acceptable
Evidence:
-Completion of
guided notes
-correct
explanation
through informal
observation of
student discussion
during
presentation

Lesson Activities:
Students will engage in facilitative questioning, quick-writes and
discussion facilitated by Prezi and teacher. Students will take notes
on guided notes handout.

Acceptable
Evidence:
-accurate
completion of

Lesson Activities:
Students will use what they have learned so far to complete a Venn
Diagram comparing and contrasting mitosis and meiosis. They
may use resources such as their notes, handouts, books, and online

Students will explore several different types of resources on the internet, such as
web interactives and articles, to learn about the cell cycle. They will complete a
Webercise based on what they learn, which includes various styles of questioning.

identify the similarities


and differences
between meiosis and
mitosis.

graphic organizer

Unit Resources:
Cell Cycle:
Cells Alive!
Cell Cycle Interactive
Cell Cycle Video
Flash Cards
Mitosis:
Mitosis Interactive Learner
Mitosis Quiz
Mitosis Video
Meiosis:
Meiosis Tutorial
Meiosis Video (phases)
Meiosis Video (overview)
Meiosis Practice Game

Useful Websites:
Bozeman Biology
Khan Academy Cell Division

resources from my site.

NGSS
Quizlet