Today marked the first of two days allocated to student presentations of their Mitosis Projects. Audience members were instructed to engage both by actively listening and also by taking the following notes in their lab notebooks:
- For each presentation, write down the most important thing learned;
- One question you still have about the topic;
- Add the main ideas to a network diagram to illustrate connections both with mitosis and between project topics.
A picture of one of the network diagrams constructed by one class period is shown below as an example of our work today:
With a group or two in most classes still needing to present their work, today was a catch-up and review day. In addition to the presentations, students worked in groups to create concept maps summarizing the major concepts from all of the presentations. They also wrote thank you letters to the retired teacher who so kindly donated several decades worth of science magazines to our classroom last fall. We will transition from mitosis to the study of reproduction, inheritance, and meiosis tomorrow.
Another great day of student presentations! Projects ranged from a game created by students (to simultaneously model the process of mitosis and the effect of alcohol on the liver) to solidly constructed PowerPoint presentations. Because of the short periods and absent students, we will conclude presentations on Monday.
Below are videos identified by students who presented on muscle growth and repair, as well as the effect of smoking on the lungs.
What a great first day of presentations! I was very impressed with the way student groups successfully distilled several days of intense research into 7-10 minute high quality presentations. Examples of student work are available below:
Prezi presentation about cancer and metastasis
A silent film created by my students and posted to YouTube explaining the connection between mitosis and limb regeneration in salamanders and newts:
Today marked the final day of class time for students to use working in groups. The major tasks for the day were for students to:
- Submit three multiple choice questions
- Polish their poster and additional presentation item
- Practice the presentation
- Complete the reflection worksheet
There are a lot of excellent projects – I am excited to watch the presentations tomorrow and Friday!
Student groups continue to make excellent progress in their Mitosis Projects. To help students capture what has been contributed by each group member so far and what still needs to be accomplished, students completed an organizing worksheet as an entry task. Students were also reminded about the required components of the project and that third quarter ends next Friday. The slides for today are attached here.
With the short period today, we reviewed how to identify credible scientific sources and how to properly cite those sources using APA format. Students were introduced to the website Citation Machine which helps extract key citation information from websites and helps quickly build citations. For the project, teams must cite a minimum of 5 credible scientific sources. Because of the technological challenges faced during the Chromosome Project, student groups received a paper copy of a document prompting them to save sources.
Students worked the remainder of the class period to properly cite previously identified sources and continued making progress on Mitosis Projects, providing me with time to check in with each group to see how the projects are progressing and to ensure students have what they need to continue moving forward.
Today marked the second day students worked in groups to develop their Mitosis Projects. Students began class with an entry task asking them to write 4 sentences explaining the connection between their group’s Mitosis Project research topic and mitosis. Next, groups received their work from yesterday along with the Day 2 Activity Log. In addition to sketching out their poster, groups began focusing on their “additional element” – the creativity of my students is incredible! Groups are creating videos (acted out and claymation), a comic strip, an original game, a brochure, and presentations with PowerPoint and Prezi.
Today students launched in to the Mitosis Project. After working through a brief starter activity (practice with an EOC-style unanticipated consequence question), students worked with their groups to make sense of their project assignment. The Day 1 Activity Log was used to document student contributions and was turned in at the end of class. Below are some resources for groups as they begin conducting research on their topic:
- Mitochondrial replication
- Chloroplast replication
- Binary fission in bacteria
- Muscle growth and repair
- Epigenetics and regulation of gene expression
- Homeobox genes in embryogenesis
- Limb regeneration in newts and salamanders
- C. elegans cell fate mapping
- Cancer and metastasis
- The effect of smoking on lung cells
- The effect of alcohol on liver cells
- Retrovirus infection