Lesson Plan

The Cell Cycle - Take Your Science Labs Digital

Teacher instructions for taking their High School Science lab work digital, using The Cell Cycle as an example
Stephanie F.
Educational Technology Integration Consultant
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts

Students will be able to...

  • Identify the life cycle of an animal cell. 

Teachers will be able to...

  • See how they can take their paper and pencil classroom tasks, into the digital environment.


Grades 9 – 12
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1 Teacher Prep/Instruction

Google Drive
Free, Paid

Please note: This lesson works best if your school uses Google Apps for Education. If your school does not use Google Apps for Education, then you can still create this environment, but you will have to use another Learning Management System (such as Edmodo or Schoology) to share your lessons with your students.

Step 1: Set up a classroom in Google Classroom. Please note: If your school is not a Google Apps for Education school, you will not have access to Google Classroom. Please use a different LMS system.

To add a class:

  1. Sign in to Classroom at classroom.google.com.
  2. Click at the top of the page and click Create class.
  3. Enter the class name in the first text box.
  4. (Optional) Enter a short description in the second text box, such as section, grade level, or class time.
  5. Click Create.
  6. This will create a class code. You will give this code to students to access the class.

Step 2: Create your digital content in Google Drive. In this example, we will be preparing a lab about The Cell Cycle. Please note: If your school is not a Google Apps for Education school, you can still sign up for a free Google Drive account. This account will allow you to create content online and share it with others.

To create your content:

  1. Sign into Google Drive
  2. Click on "New"
  3. Click on "Google Doc"
  4. This will open a Google Doc that you can now type into, much like other word processing applications.  
  5. Create your content in the Google Doc, you can add any images you wish, as well as change the format of any text.
    1. Here is an example of The Cell Cycle lab, created in Google Docs. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cnHDUDmvcxuzhPfRRgDHWrVusmZEb3hxe_t22Zh4rzY/edit?usp=sharing

Step 3: Assign your lab to your Google Classroom.

  1. Log in to your class and click the Stream tab, if it’s not already displayed.
  2. Click Assignment.
  3. Type in the title of the assignment and an optional description. The description is a great place to add instructions for the assignment.
  4. Click the due date to change it if you need to.
  5. Click Add Time to add the time of day on the due date that the assignment is due.
  6. If you have materials to add to the assignment, click the appropriate icon:
    1. Paperclip: This option attaches a file to the assignment. Here, you can upload the file from your hard drive, which will be stored on your Google Drive.
    2. Google Drive: This option also attaches a file to the assignment, but takes you right to your Google Drive to find the file. (This is the option you will use to attach your lab that you created in Google Docs)
    3. YouTube play button: This option enables you to attach a YouTube video to the assignment. When you click this button, you can search for the video on YouTube or copy and paste the YouTube video URL. When you search for a video, YouTube results display right in the same window, and you can preview the video as well, so there’s no need to visit the YouTube site.
    4. Link: You can click the chain link button to paste in an external URL to the assignment.
  7. For documents you upload or choose from Google Drive, you can assign permissions for what the students can do. Click the drop-down list to allow students to do the following:
    1. View only: Choose this option if you want all of your students to read the same file but not change it. This is good for reference materials only.
    2. Edit: Choose this option if you want all of your students to make changes to the same file. This is good only if students are expected to collaborate on a single assignment.
    3. Make a copy for each student: Choose this option if you want each student to have his or her own copy of the assignment. Students can make changes and turn in the assignment separately. This is best for typical homework assignments in which the student is responsible for his or her own work. (This is the option you will choose for your lab assignment)
  8. Click Assign.

Step 4: Grade the assignment and provide feedback.

  1. Sign in to Classroom at classroom.google.com.
  2. Click the class and click the assignment in the class stream.
  3. (Optional) The default point value is 100. To change it, click the point value and input another value, or select Ungraded, and click Update            Note: Only whole number grades are supported at this time. You can't enter a letter grade or a decimal point.
  4. Click Add grade next to the student’s name, and enter the grade.
  5. (Optional) Enter grades for any additional students.

Note: The grades you enter are automatically saved. To update the student about the new grade, you must return the assignment to the student. You can choose to finish grading and return the assignments to the students during another session. However, private comments entered during grading will not be saved unless you return the assignment to the students.

To return an assignment:

  1. Sign in to Classroom at classroom.google.com.
  2. Click the class and click the assignment in the class stream.
  3. Check the box next to each student whose assignment you want to return and click Return.
  4. (Optional) Add a private comment to a student, if needed.
  5. Click Return again to confirm.


Student Instructions

Step 1:  Sign in to Classroom and join your teacher's classroom

  1.  Sign in at classroom.google.com
  2.  In the  upper right corner, click +.
  3. Enter the class code and click Join.

Step 2: In the class stream you will see the assignment from your teacher. Complete the assignment in Google Docs. 

Step 3: When you have completed the assignment, click Turn In at the top of your Google Doc. This will automatically send the assignment to your teacher to grade,