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If mom is bald, will her babies be bald? Here is a practical presentation that can answer that question. Viewers can take notes on the difference between dominant and recessive genes, mutations, and heritability. A large portion of the slides are dedicated to teaching them how to solve Punnett squares, including those for sex-linked genes and incomplete dominance. Use this when introducing genetics to your young biologists.
Standard 4 Review Sheet-Genetics and Inheritance
In this genetics worksheet, students answer a variety of questions about inheritance, DNA, the genetic code, genes, sexual and asexual reproduction, mutations, protein synthesis and genetic engineering.
Geneticist for a Day
Students discuss and compose a document discussing the transmission of the Huntington's gene- dominant or recessive, sex linked, etc. Additionally, they ought to consider Dr. Wexler's own odds for contracting the disease.
Beyond Mendel's Laws of Inheritance
Mendels laws of Genetics are extended here with examples of traits that are completely controlled by just one gene. Malfunctions such as albinism and baldness can therefore be tracked and will demonstrate inheritance patterns to your class. This slideshow will really clarify some discussion points on the nature and nurture debate and could start other topic research.
Recombinant DNA to Protect Crops
Students are asked to recount their greatest hopes and fears concerning DNA. One article states how worthwhile gene manipulation in plants can be. Classroom discussions arise after reading one article on this issue.
Creating New Forms of Life
Students are asked to use their imaginations to take the idea of biotechnology one step further. Before beginning this activity students read and complete a report on the book "Jurassic Park," which deals with the use of biotechnology to recreate animals (dinosaurs). There assignment is to use genetic engineering to create a fantasy animal utilizing genes from present day animals or plants.
Principles of Heredity
Students model traits on genes using colored paper and tongue depressors to represent chromosomes. In this heredity lesson plan, students use their "chromosome sticks" to understand chromosome pairs, genes, dominant traits, recessive traits, heterozygous, genotypes and phenotypes. Students create different gene combinations using their chromosome sticks.
Happy Face Spider Propagation
Students research genetic adaptations. In this chromosome lesson, students investigate dominant and recessive genes using spiders indigenous to Hawaii. Students create Punnett squares to determine the probability of passing specific genetic traits to its offspring.
Food, Glorious Food?
How are the reactions between American and European consumers different when it comes to genetically modified foods? Use the New York Times article "Consumers in Europe Resist Gene-Altered Foods" to inform your middle schoolers about the controversy, as well as to compare the reaction in America. Lead your class in a debate about whether or not genetically modified food should be available in a grocery store.
DNA from the Beginning Study Guide
Young scholars complete a study guide using a website which is an animated primer on DNA, genes, and heredity. The Web site is organized around key concepts. The web links and study guide are included.
How Does Chance Influence Inheritance?
Students observe how chance affects which genes appear in gametes (Mendel's Law of Segregation). They use beans to represent the recombination of alleles during fertilization.
How Does Chance Influence Inheritance?
Students complete a lab based on how chance affects which genes appear in gametes as in Mendel's Law of Segregation. They review the theories, vocabulary words, and historical background of Gregor Mendel's work with pea plants. They complete lab worksheets and submit for grading.
The metaphors used here to describe the "cut and paste" procedures for genetic engineering will really help your biologists in their understanding of restriction enzymes and DNA. The uses of genes that are isolated and incorporated into plasmids are discussed and will help your students learn the real life opportunities and application of biotechnology.
Beans and Birds: A Natural Selection Simulation
Students solve the following problem concerning the evolution of seed color in pinto bean plants: "How does natural selection change the frequency of genes or traits over many generations?" They use the constructivist approach to studying as they work in teams to design and conduct an experiment that solves this natural selection "problem."
Regulation of Cell Division
Supplementing the review of mitosis and meiosis, the detailed slides give information about growth factors, cell communication, and regulator genes. A fascinating topic, your class will be inspired by the applications and developments of science.
The Spanish Omelet
Young scholars use analogies to show the relationships among cell, nucleus, genes, chromosome, ribosome, replication, mitosis, transcription, translation, DNA, RNA, amino acids and proteins, genotype, phenotype, and genetics vs. environmental causes of cell defects.
When Heredity Follows Different Rules
In this heredity learning exercise, learners will create 3 Punnett squares to determine the genotype and phenotype of the offspring from specific breedings. Then students will answer 7 true or false questions based on chromosomes and sex-linked traits. Then learners will answer 4 short answer questions about environmental influences on gene expression.
Students investigate the process of genetic engineering. In this genetic engineering lesson plan, students use paper models of DNA and plasmid bacterium to investigate the process of replicating DNA, splicing genes from DNA, and inserting genes of donated DNA into a plasmid.
Peter Rabbit Meets Charles Darwin
Students start to think of evolution in terms of populations. The class follows a cartoon scenario of a rabbit population in which there is selection and change of gene frequency. They receive copies of the scenario or the whole thing can be done on an overhead.
In this reproduction worksheet, students read four paragraphs about reproduction and match eight terms to their definitions. Topics include sexual reproduction, chromosomes, genes and asexual reproduction.