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Chapter 5: The Cell Cycle, Mitosis, and Meiosis

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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The Cell Cycle, Mitosis, and Meiosis


Lesson 5.1: Cell Division and the Cell Cycle

5.1.1 Cell Division

  • Cell Division in Prokaryotes
  • Cell Division in Eukaryotes

5.1.2 The Cell Cycle

  • Eukaryotic Cell Cycle
  • Interphase
  • Control of the Cell Cycle
  • Cancer and the Cell Cycle

Lesson 5.2: Chromosomes and Mitosis

5.2.1 Chromosomes

  • Chromatids and the Centromere
  • Chromosomes and Genes
  • Human Chromosomes

5.2.2 Mitosis and Cytokinesis

  • Prophase
  • Metaphase
  • Anaphase
  • Telophase
  • Cytokinesis

Lesson 5.3: Reproduction and Meiosis

5.3.1 Reproduction: Asexual vs. Sexual

  • Asexual Reproduction
  • Sexual Reproduction

5.3.2 Meiosis

  • Phases of Meiosis
    • Meiosis I
    • Meiosis II

5.3.3 Gametogenesis

5.3.4 Sexual Reproduction and Genetic Variation

5.3.5 Sexual Reproduction and Life Cycles

  • Haploid Life Cycle
  • Diploid Life Cycle
  • Alternation of Generations

Pacing the Lesson

Use the Class Periods per Lesson table below as a guide for the time required to teach the lessons of this chapter.

Lesson Number of Class Periods
5.1 Cell Division and the Cell Cycle 1.5
5.2 Chromosomes and Mitosis 2.0
5.3 Reproduction and Meiosis 2.5
  • Class periods are assumed to be 60 minutes long.

Online Resources

See the following Web site for appropriate laboratory activities for this chapter:

  • This Web site contains three lab activities in which students make models of chromosomes and use them to simulate mitosis, meiosis, and fertilization. The Web site includes student handouts and teacher preparation notes.
  • http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/waldron/mitosis

These Web sites may also be helpful:

This NIH unit for high school students covers cell biology and cancer (Lesson 5.1). The unit has five modules that contain animations and news-alert videos.

This Web site provides an animation of mitosis (Lesson 5.2).

See these URLs for animations of meiosis (Lesson 5.3).

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