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- Damaris M., Teacher
- Downey, CA
Inheritance Teacher Resources
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Nine pages of material on inheritance make up this handout. It begins with a reading on alleles and how they can result in albinism. A chromosome modeling activity and questions follow. Junior geneticists learn to complete Punnett squares and participate in a coin toss simulation of allele pairing. They also learn about sex determination, sickle-cell anemia, and pedigree analysis. This resource provides a variety of activities and information to support several days worth of genetics instruction.
Is it nature or nurture? In an easily adaptable kinesthetic activity to introduce genetics, learners group themselves based on a variety of categories. They will quickly find that some characteristics are easy to put in order, while others have gray areas. One suggested modification is to select a different category each day during your genetics unit for kids to group themselves, providing some movement in class each day, as well as allowing your pupils to learn more about each other.
Students explore genes and inheritance. After listening to a story describing a rare genetic disease, students discuss inheritance and how living things pass on traits to their children. In groups students, students decipher code problems, draw each problem, and predict what would happen if the codes were changed.
Complex problems require complex solutions. After reading a news article about how the tradition of wife inheritance in many African countries has contributed to the spread of AIDS, class members participate in a Paideia seminar and consider possible solutions to the problem. Complete directions for the Paideia seminar, a seminar questions handout, and the Washington Post article are included. Well worth a preview.
Juvenile geneticists will jive with this imaginative investigation of inheritance in dragons. Six pages begin with a detailed introduction to meiosis and homologous chromosome pairs. Instructions guide learners through a simulation in which they draw craft sticks marked with autosomes in order to decode the genes inherited by the baby dragon. An organized chart is provided, along with critical thinking questions and a partially drawn dragon on which learners will add the inherited traits. This is a gem of a worksheet!