Cell Cycle and Mitosis Webquest

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Name: ____________________________ Period: _______
Cell Division Webquest
(NOTE: if you would like to visit different websites to collect information, you may as long as
all questions are fully answered)
Prokaryotic Cell Division:
Go to the following sites to learn about prokaryotic cells:
http://www.cellsalive.com/cells/bactcell.htm (for this website, you can click on the animation or read
the descriptions towards the bottom of the page)
1. Name three ways prokaryotic cells differ from eukaryotic cells (name unique characteristics of
prokaryotic cells):
2. Draw a prokaryotic cell:
Watch the following animation on binary fission, which is how bacterial cells divide:
3. Describe what you saw in the animation- how does binary fission work?
Eukaryotic Cell Division (The Cell Cycle):
There are several reasons for a eukaryotic cell to divide. Two reasons are shown at the following
4. Describe the two reasons shown for why eukaryotic cells divide:
There are several parts of the cell involved in cell division. Click on the parts shown at the following site
and read what they do:
Name: ____________________________ Period: _______
5. List the four organelles involved in eukaryotic cell division and describe what they do:
6. Click on the link “Why Must a Cell Divide?” located on the left side of the screen. Read the
information and go through the animation. Why is it that cells must divide? Why can’t they just keep
growing in size?
A continuous thread of DNA is called a chromosome. Chromosomes can take on different forms
depending on where the cell is in the cell cycle. When the cell is resting, it is organized as a loose
combination of proteins and DNA called chromatin. Look at chromatin in the following image:
7. Describe the appearance of chromatin:
When the cell needs to divide, the chromatin must coil into tight structures. When DNA has not copied
itself, the chromosomes will only have one strand; these strands are called chromatids. After DNA
replicates, each strand (chromatid) has a twin that is attached to it; these pairs of twin chromatids are
called sisters chromatids and they are connected by a centromere. Go to the following link to examine a
picture of sister chromatids:
8. Draw and label a picture of the sister chromatids and the centromere:
Name: ____________________________ Period: _______
Stages of the Cell Cycle:
Go to the following website to view an animation of the cell cycle:
9. What are the three main stages of the cell cycle called?
10. DRAW the pie chart diagram that is shown at the beginning of the animation to show how much
time a cell spends (relatively) in each of the three stages of the cell cycle:
11. In which phases of the cell cycle do the following events occur?
Chromatids reach the ends of the cell/nuclear envelope reforms ___________
Chromatids are pulled to opposite ends of the cell ________________________
Chromosomes align in center of cell ________________________
Nuclear envelope breaks down/DNA condenses ________________________
Cell is cleaved into two new daughter cells ________________________
Cell grows in size and DNA is replicated ______________________
12. Identify the stages of mitosis in these cells:
Name: ____________________________ Period: _______
Onion Root Tip - Online Lab Activity:
*Read the introduction, then click the “next” button
*Check out the different phases & read them & hit “Next”
*Read the “Assignment” then hit “Next”
*You will have 36 cells to classify. When you're finished, record your data in the chart below:
Interphase Prophase
Metaphase Anaphase
Number of cells
Percent of cells
(calculate percentage: number of cells divided by total cells x 100 )
13. What do you notice about the stages from your calculations in the table (which stage had the most
cells? Which stage had the least amount of cells?)

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