These lessons and labs teach students how to make, analyze, and make predictions using genetic pedigree charts. One lesson and one lab heavily incorporate cross-curricula content. (History of royal families.) The lessons included are described below.
Day one lesson: Students learn what the symbols on a pedigree chart mean and how to read relationships in a pedigree chart. Classwork: Students learn about Charles II of Spain and how inbreeding doomed the Spanish Habsburgs.
Day two lesson: Students learn how to determine if a pedigree chart shows a dominant, recessive, or sex-linked recessive genetic disease. Classwork: Students analyze six pedigrees for different genetic diseases and state what type of inheritance is shown and how they know.
Day three lesson: Students learn how to assign genotypes to a pedigree chart and how to use a pedigree chart to make specific predictions. Classwork: Students use documents, including birth certificates, marriage certificates, and a patient entry form to produce a pedigree chart. (Documents are provided in a zipped folder with purchase)
Lab: Pedigree Investigator: Students use a website from the University of Utah to make a pedigree chart from video interviews and documents.
Lab: The Mutation that Changed History: Students spend 5-7 minutes at each of five stations, learning about hemophilia and the murder of the Russian Tsar and his family before the Russian Revolution and WWI.
Zip file contains: 1. Three lesson Powerpoint 2.Three lesson guided notes sheet 3. Classwork for three lessons 4. Two related lab activities 5. Companion sheets for day 3 class activity 6. Companion sheets for second lab
Documents are nearly all my original material, except for some borrowed material available online. (Including pictures, major portions of an article, and some lab questions.)