This resource is aligned with Utah SEEd for 7th Grade.
Utah SEEd 7.4.1
Develop and use a model to explain the effect that different types of reproduction have on genetic variation, including asexual and sexual reproduction.
and Utah SEED 7.4.3
Develop and use a model to describe why genetic mutations may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to
the structure and function of the organism. Emphasize the conceptual idea that changes to traits can conceptual idea that changes to traits can happen because of genetic mutations. Specific changes of genes at the molecular level, mechanisms for protein synthesis, and specific types of mutations will be introduced at the high school level.
This resource includes two informative slideshows, nonfiction text passages, interactive notebook flaps, lesson plans, labs, task cards, a game on mutation, response sheets and a multiple choice assessment. Answer keys are included!
Students will use Punnett Squares to determine the possible percentages of genotype and phenotype of the offspring.
They will learn about dominant and recessive alleles as well as about co-dominance and incomplete dominance. Students will make a model to show their understanding of three types of mutations: deletion, insertion and substitution. Students will learn that Students will learn about asexual reproduction and will compare advantages and disadvantages of asexual reproduction verses sexual reproduction. And finally students will learn about natural selection and how some mutations give a species an advantage which may be passed onto offspring.
If the whole unit is completed I estimate it will take about 11 days. A suggested schedule is included.
Students will enjoy the variety of activities included to learn about genetics, heredity, mutations, natural selection, sexual reproduction and asexual reproduction and trait advantages.
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