Make sure students have some background knowledge on mitosis: use our Mitosis Topic Page for teaching resources in this area.
Preview the Cell Structures Topic Page which is used in this lesson plan, as well as the Control of the Cell Cycle Game and plan for their use with students. During game play, students will play the role of a "cell division supervisor." Inside the cell nucleus, they are to steer the cell division process to make sure everything happens in the right order. They also have to make controls now and then to make sure nothing happened with the genetic material on the way. If they make too many mistakes, the energy level in the cell will drop and the cell division will not be able to proceed. The challenge is to complete the game and to make sure that the cell was correctly divided. You can find more information about this game on the NobelPrize.org website.
Review the stages of mitosis with students. Challenge students to work in small groups to create corresponding hand motions for each stage. Allow each group to present their movements to the class.
Show the Cell Structures movie to the class and have students listen as each stage of the cell cycle is explained.