Exploring Genetics Across the Middle School Science and Math Curricula

This Exploring Genetics Across the Middle School Science and Math Curricula unit also includes:

Where is a geneticist's favorite place to swim? A gene pool. Young geneticists complete hands-on activities, experiments, and real-world problem solving throughout the unit. With extra focus on dominant and recessive genes, Punnett squares, and probability, the unit encourages problem solving and reasoning.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Team teach the unit with science and math instructors
  • Challenge learners to come up with a unique way to teach someone else the vocabulary—crossword puzzle, presentation, labeling diagram, etc.
Classroom Considerations

  • The ninth science activity lasts for weeks and should be started before any other lessons or activities
  • Ten science and nine math lessons align with each other and national standards
  • Resource expects prior knowledge of fractions, decimals, and percentages
Pros

  • Includes vocabulary activities, KWL charts, worksheets, and assessments
  • Promotes collaborative learning
  • All lessons include follow-up activities and related career connections
  • Summative assessment uses forensics to solve a crime
Cons

  • None