Exploring Cells: A Middle School Science Activity
August 23, 2017
As you gear up for heading back to school, we’ve put together activities for your K-12 classrooms. In this middle school science activity for grades 6-8, explore cell division and cycles. We’ve got you covered with classroom strategies, activities, resources, and a graphic organizer.
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Grades 6-8 Science Activity: Cellular Vocabulary
Overview: Students will identify a word or phrase in the Pack article that is new to them, they are unsure about, or they have been assigned.
• LaunchPacks: Science Cell Division and the Cell Cycle for Grades 6-8
Strategy: Identify and Define
Activity: Using Graphic Organizer: Word Chart, Content and Connections, ask students to identify a word or phrase that is new to them or they are unsure about. Students can use the annotation tools to help identify words and record answers to the suggested questions.
• What are some context clues that can help you determine the word’s meaning?
• What part of speech is the word in the sentence? (For example, is the word a noun, pronoun, verb, adjective, adverb, conjunction, preposition, or interjection?)
• After reading the dictionary definition, how would you explain the word’s meaning in your own words or to a friend?
Possible Extension: In your own words, describe the difference between mitosis and meiosis. Then, create a product (poster, art project, 3-D product, etc.) showing each process as you understand it. Try to incorporate as many new vocabulary words (relevant to this topic) as you can.