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Animating Meiosis

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 by Eliot Attridge Last updated on Jun 8, 2017
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Age Levels
15-16, 17-18
Lesson Plan
animation, biology, meiosis, mitosis
Products Used
  • Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator


This is intended as a lesson in a biology class. The idea is to introduce animation first by getting the students in an earlier lesson in the unit to animate mitosis (which is simpler) using stop motion animation first. This is because they do not need any major software to do this and I have found in the past that stop motion is a good way in to capturing attention.

The meiosis lessons focus on using software to create the animation, so progresses the students in their IT skills as well as their content knowledge. The level of detail that you go into for meiosis depends upon the level of the class. For example, a year 10 student may just show the division of a cell into four daughter cells in steps whereas a year 13 student would need to show each stage (anaphase, telophase etc).

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Access to computers, internet connection.

For display- data projector or interactive whiteboard.

  • 5/5 | 4 Ratings
All Comments (4)

michelle Laubenstein

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 - Permalink

This is an absolutely wonderful lesson! I tried downloading the "Animating Meiosis Plan" and it seems to be a .htm file. Can I get a pdf file? Thanks!

Eliot Attridge

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 - Permalink

I'll see if I can add...
Done- uploaded a pdf. Not sure why the other file comes up as htm (it's a .docx file).
Hope it works!

Castleberry ISD

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 - Permalink

This is excellent. I appreciate the amount of detail and smooth explanation!

Eliot Attridge

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 - Permalink

Thanks :-)

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