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Inheritance of Genetic Disorders
Learners explore inheritance patterns of diseases. For this genetic lesson, students explain how recessive genes may cause human disorders. They identify and research five genetic disorders and present their findings to the class.
Middle schoolers study the relationship between several vocabulary words and identify the connection between genes and traits. In this gene inheritance lesson students gain understanding on mutations and how it can be passed on and what the chances are of inheriting a mutation.
Why Do They Do That? Learned and Inherited Behaviors
Eighth graders differentiate learned and inherited behaviors. In this biology lesson plan, 8th graders research three learned and inherited behaviors of an animal they chose. They discuss why they classified these behaviors as such.
Islamic Inheritance Mathematics
Young scholars determine how a woman's estate is divided among her beneficiaries according to Islamic inheritance law. They add and subtract fractions.
Inherit the Wind
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 9 short answer and essay questions about Inherit the Wind. Students may check some of their answers online.
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.
Inherit the Wind
In this online interactive reading comprehension activity, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's Inherit the Wind. Students may submit their answers to be scored.
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.
Learners slve a case of unclear heredity using three lines of evidence and knowledge gained from the lesson in this biology lesson about Mendelian inheritance. The lesson includes handouts and a question sheet for final, individual assessment.
Karyotypes and Inheritance of Chromosomes
Students explore the mode of inheritance of chromosomes. Given a scenario, students use the Human Genome sheet to determine inherited chromosomes. They illustrate the difference between genotype and phenotype. Students develop a model using chromosomes.
Is Our Health Inherited or Acquired?
Fifth graders list the traits they get from their parents and distinguish between inherited traits from acquired ones. They assess how to recognize influences that may affect body types and sizes and research on the internet heredity and environment.
Learners explore incomplete dominance inheritance by learning about the survivors of the Black Death and completing Punnett Squares.
Introducing Ideas about Inheritance
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.
Genetically Inherited Traits
Students explore heredity by examining how traits are passed from parent to offspring. Genetic terminology is examined and examples of inherited traits discussed. calculating genetic probability is also investigated in this instructional activity.
How Does a Pedigree Help Us to Trace a Trait That is Inherited?
Students analyze genetic patterns. In this pedigree lesson, students determine dominant or recessive inheritance. They construct a human pedigree from genetic information.
Genes and Inheritance
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.
Born of Blood: Inheritance of Blood Types
Students examine inheritance of blood types. In the chromosome lesson, students create a model of chromosome and predict the blood type of offspring.
A Comparison of the Play and Movie "Inherit the Wind"
Young scholars read the play "Inherit the Wind" about the Scopes "Monkey" Trial. In groups, they choose their favorite scene and create a diorama dipicting the scene as they see it. They watch a recording of the play and compare it to their version of the play.
Dragon Genetics ~ Understanding Inheritance
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!
Wife inheritance and the AIDS epidemic in Africa
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.