Looking for an application based activity that gets students up and moving? Look no further! This 141 page activity guide includes 3 levels of differentiation so that you can meet the unique needs of every student in your class!
At all 3 levels, students work in pairs as they travel around your classroom collecting DNA samples, analyzing them, and discovering what their "baby" looks like/what traits it has inherited.
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Formative assessments are embedded on each page so that you can have instant access to your students knowledge and progress!
Next Generation Science Standards addressed in this lesson:
• (MS-LS3-1) I can describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation.
• (MS-LS3-2) I can develop and use a model to describe the difference between sexual and asexual reproduction
• (HS-LS3-1) Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.
• (HS-L3-3) Apply concepts of statistics and probability to explain the variation and distribution of expressed traits in a population.
Contents of this lesson include:
• Easy, middle-level, and upper level variations of making a "baby"
• Lesson plans for each level
• Printables to make activity set-up a breeze
• 4 different proficiency based, leveled checks for understandings (otherwise known as assessments)
• Optional QR codes that take students to a specially created website just for this activity where students can answer questions as they complete the activity, giving you the feedback you need!
NEWEST UPDATE: This newest update comes with the ability to access and use your poll data and a variety of ways. It also comes with access to secretive quizzes that could be used instead of the online polls to give you access to just your students data from each of your classes! This is a great way to formatively assess pairs of students as well as a whole class!
Easy Level “Baby In A Bag” Description:
Students work in pairs (a "mom" and a "dad") as they travel around the room collecting inherited traits. Students draw slips of paper out of paper lunch bags that are either dominant or recessive. They combine their traits to determine what their baby will look like.
Middle Level “Baby In A Bag” Description:
Students work in pairs (a "mom" and a "dad") as they travel around the room collecting alleles. Students draw slips of paper with alleles written on them out of paper lunch bags that are either dominant or recessive. They combine their traits to determine their baby's genotype and phenotype. After completing the activity, they transcribe the baby's genotype onto a set of chromosomes that they can cut out, mix with another students, and create a "grand-baby". QR codes can be put at each station for students to access information pertaining to that particular trial as well as survey questions about their personal traits that can later be projected and analyzed by the class.
Upper Level “Baby In A Bag” Description:
Students transform into genetic counselors who travel around the room collecting DNA samples to analyze. At each trait, they collect two alleles for each parent, fill in a punnett square, and determine the likelihood of the offspring being a carrier or having a genetic disease. Each station has information pertaining to the disease, its mode of inheritance, and how to evolved over time. QR codes give students access to this knowledge as well as genetic problems pertaining to that particular trait and its mode of inheritance that you can analyze in real time in order to provide targeted feedback.
For More Information:
Please preview or go to the following website: http://babyinabag.weebly.com. The website contains all of the traits, their information, and pertinent questions for students for the middle and upper level activities.
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