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Compare and contrast the general processes of sexual reproduction requiring meiosis and asexual reproduction requiring mitosis.
General Information
Subject Area: Science
Grade: 7
Body of Knowledge: Life Science
Idea: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts
Big Idea: Heredity and Reproduction -

A. Reproduction is characteristic of living things and is essential for the survival of species.

B. Genetic information is passed from generation to generation by DNA; DNA controls the traits of an organism.

C. Changes in the DNA of an organism can cause changes in traits, and manipulation of DNA in organisms has led to genetically modified organisms.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
2002070: M/J Comprehensive Science 2 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
2002080: M/J Comprehensive Science 2, Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
2000010: M/J Life Science (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
2000020: M/J Life Science, Advanced (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7820016: Access M/J Comprehensive Science 2 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))
2002085: M/J Comprehensive Science 2 Accelerated Honors (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7920030: Fundamental Integrated Science 1 (Specifically in versions: 2013 - 2015, 2015 - 2017 (course terminated))
7920035: Fundamental Integrated Science 2 (Specifically in versions: 2013 - 2015, 2015 - 2017 (course terminated))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SC.7.L.16.Su.2: Recognize that animals, including humans, inherit some characteristics from one parent and some from the other.
SC.7.L.16.In.3: Explain that offspring receive half their genes from each parent in sexual reproduction.
SC.7.L.16.Pa.2: Recognize that children are born from two parents.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Lesson Plans

My"toesis" Hurts:

In this lesson, students will learn about the stages of mitosis in cell reproduction and will study an application of mitosis for healing the human body.

Type: Lesson Plan

Sexual vs. Asexual Reproduction:

This two-day lesson reviews the differences between mitosis and meiosis and how each is used for the processes of sexual and asexual reproduction. The lesson then focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of each type of reproduction.

Type: Lesson Plan

Can I be just exactly like you, Mom or Dad?:

This lesson was designed to help students understand the differences between sexual and asexual reproduction. It includes multi-media resources and hands-on activities that reveal the benefits and limitations of both. The student will ultimately determine the likelihood of a genotype resulting in a specific phenotype.

Type: Lesson Plan

To Divide into Two or Four: That is The Question of Meiosis and Mitosis:

Is it meiosis or mitosis? How does meiosis compare to mitosis? There is no life without cell division. Explore the differences and similarities between these processes to understand how they affect your life!

Type: Lesson Plan

Wanted: Your Undivided Attention! Mitosis vs. Meiosis:

In this lesson, students will be doing numerous engaging activities in order to successfully address and target the standard of comparing/contrasting the general processes of mitosis and meiosis. The activities are designed to introduce mitosis and meiosis in an engaging way. Food and hands-on activities are a motivator in this lesson plan, which includes modeling and differentiating mitosis and meiosis.

Type: Lesson Plan

Stop-Motion Mitosis and Meiosis:

ResourceID: 75789

The lesson will begin with the teacher engaging the students with a short assessment of prior knowledge using a pre-lesson Q&A with short discussion throughout. Next the teacher will show an animated video clip about Meiosis and an animated video clip about Mitosis http://vcell.ndsu.nodak.edu/animations/mitosis/movie-flash.htm. The teacher will then discuss the differences between Mitosis and Meiosis with the help of a projected or drawn graphic organizer. Next, the teacher will show examples of stop-motion videos made that depict the phases of mitosis and meiosis. The teacher will also show how to make a storyboard that will be required before students can begin making their videos. A rubric will be used and feedback given to make sure that the storyboard is complete before progressing. The students will use digital cameras (ipads, ipods, flip cameras, built-in computer cams, phone cams, etc to take images of the sequential movements of the models representing the process of cell reproduction (meiosis and/or mitosis). Students will present their finished videos to the class and comparing and contrasting meiosis and mitosis will be done throughout and as a whole group afterwards. The videos will be evaluated by the students themselves and by the teacher using a rubric.

Type: Lesson Plan

Original Student Tutorial

The Story of Our Start:

Compare and contrast asexual and sexual reproduction with Mix the Fish and Stan the Starfish in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Perspectives Video: Expert

Mitosis vs. Meiosis:

Wilbert Butler explains the differences between mitosis and meiosis.

Download the CPALMS Perspectives video student note taking guide.

Type: Perspectives Video: Expert

Teaching Ideas

Mitosis and Meiosis:

This activity (lab) is designed to help students to learn the critical distinctions between what happens to chromosomes during mitosis vs meiosis. Students manipulate pipe-cleaner chromosomes on a template showing stages of mitosis with one pair of chromosomes until approved by the teacher. Then they repeat the exercise for meiosis until approved. After each phase, students draw in chromosomes on a summary sheet, then help other students. An application phase asks students to show the same thing using two pairs of chromosomes. Students who think they understand the critical distinctions and essential functions of these two processes going in, usually discover that it's not quite what they thought, and come out of this with a sharper understanding. This is best used as a Formative Assessment tool.

Type: Teaching Idea

Comparing and Contrasting Mitosis and Meiosis:

This step-by-animations explores the stages of two types of cell division, mitosis and meiosis, and how these processes are compared and contrasted to one another and provides a printable version.

Type: Teaching Idea

Mitosis and Meiosis Card Sort:

This minds-on activity is designed to help students review the processes of mitosis and meiosis and to ensure that students understand how chromosomes move during mitosis vs. meiosis. Students arrange the cards from a shuffled deck of the stages of mitosis and meiosis in the sequence of steps that occur during cell division by mitosis and another sequence of steps that occur during cell division by meiosis.

Type: Teaching Idea

Video/Audio/Animation

Video: Mitosis:

This is a brief video that can be used in a 7th grade classroom to demonstrate the process of mitosis. It could be used repeatedly to reinforce the stages as this is typically a difficult concept for middle school age students to comprehend.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Original Student Tutorials Science - Grades K-8

The Story of Our Start:

Compare and contrast asexual and sexual reproduction with Mix the Fish and Stan the Starfish in this interactive tutorial.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Original Student Tutorial

The Story of Our Start:

Compare and contrast asexual and sexual reproduction with Mix the Fish and Stan the Starfish in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Teaching Idea

Comparing and Contrasting Mitosis and Meiosis:

This step-by-animations explores the stages of two types of cell division, mitosis and meiosis, and how these processes are compared and contrasted to one another and provides a printable version.

Type: Teaching Idea