Heredity: Traits, Genes, Alleles

This Heredity: Traits, Genes, Alleles unit also includes:

If you knew people would pay extra for a bald dragon, could you pick which parents you should breed in order to get the highest number? The unit examines heredity and genetics through breeding dragons, mice, dogs, and tries to figure what exactly is going on in that pineapple under the sea!

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Show clips from related cartoons or shows as pupils enter the room, i.e. How to Train Your Dragon on the day they design a dragon, Westminster Dog Show on the day they study pit bulls, and Sponge Bob Square Pants on the final activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Uses a Prentice Hall Life Science text book
  • Relies on prior knowledge of survey techniques, sample sizes, and statistics
Pros

  • Includes ideas for both extensions and interventions of the material
  • Highlights vocabulary throughout the lesson every time each word is used rather than just the first time it is introduced
Cons

  • None
Common Core