Objective: Students will make stop-animation films to illustrate the process
of mitosis. Stop-animation films will be created by taking single pictures or
frames of an object that is moved or posed in different positions. When the
individual frames are put together in a sequence and played in rapid
succession, it creates the appearance of a moving object.
* Motic camera
* Computer and slide-presentation program (i.e. powerpoint)
* Beads, strings, pipe cleaners, and clay (or play dough) that can be used to
represent structures such as chromosomes, spindle fibers, membranes, and
* Poster board, construction paper, or printer paper that can be used as a
* colored pencils or markers
* Internet connection
1) (Day 1) Discuss with your group HOW you will represent the stages of
mitosis (Interphase, Prophase, Metaphase, Anaphase, Telophase,
Interphase II). What materials will you need? Who will be bringing
these in? Make a plan as to what you will specifically be showing in
each stage. It might be helpful to draw out your plans. Also, decide
if you will be drawing mitosis in plant or animal cells.
2) (Day 2) Using the materials you have brought in, construct models of
each of the stages of mitosis (refer to grading rubric for specifics).
3) (Day 3) Take pictures of your models using the motic camera attached
to the computer. Be sure to save these pictures as jpegs on your
4) (Day 3) Insert your digital images into power point. Label cellular
structures and phases in the slides (refer to grading rubric). Set the
timing so that your slides resemble a stop-animation movie. If time
permits, be creative! Add special effects such as soundtracks, voice-
overs, and diverse visual displays.
5) (Day 3) Send Mrs. Romano an email with your power point presentation
attached (email@example.com). Be sure to send one to each
group member as well!
6) (Day 3/4) In addition to emailing your presentation to Mrs. Romano,
print out a copy in notes pages. Submit a hard-copy frame-by-frame
This project will be worth 50 points and will count for the 1st quarter.
DUE DATE: Friday, 10/30 (A4)
Monday, 11/2 (A6, B2)
Grading Rubric- Movie Mitosis
Scoring Area for Developing Proficient Exemplary
3 points 5 points 8 points 10 points
Most of the major Most of the major All of the major All of the previous
events and required events and required events and required categories have been
components of the components of the components of the met and the content
cell are missing or cell appear to be cell appear to be information on the
inaccurate. present and present and accurate. slides is succinct,
accurate. relatively easy to see
on the screen, and
the location and font
detracting from the
Some phases do not All phases are in the All phases are in the All of the previous
occur in the correct correct sequence, correct sequence; all categories have been
sequence or slides and most of the of the slides are met; all of the slides
are not clearly slides are clearly clearly labeled so are clearly labeled so
labeled so that labeled so viewers viewers can easily viewers can easily
viewers cannot can identify identify transitions identify transitions
identify transitions transitions between between phases and between phases and
between phases. phases. follow the process follow the process
from beginning to end from beginning to
with minimal visual end. There are no
distractions or visual distractions or
glitches. glitches present.
Most of the cellular Most of the All of the structures All of the previous
structures have structures can be can be differentiated categories have been
similar colors or are differentiated by by their distinct color met. Overall, the
built from the same their distinct color and material, and film is easy to follow,
materials, making it and material, and resemble the relatively colorful,
difficult to resemble the targeted cell and uses unique
differentiate targeted cell structures. materials to
structures, or do not structures. represent the
resemble the cellular structures.
Group members do Group members work Group members work Group members work
not work together at together, but they together, but not all together and focus
all. Not all equally do not all equally class time is focused 100% of class time
participate. Not all participate and not on the project. on the project.
class time is focused all class time is
on the project. focused on the
Project is not turned Project is turned in
in on the due date. on the due date.