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Looking for ways to make genetics more accessible for your students? This genetics fill-in-the-blank foldable notes page and game will not only help your students understand the basic terms, but will allow them to practice and reinforce conceptual understanding of chromosomes and genetics in a fun way. The foldable contains rich visuals and so much information to provide a foundation for students. It comes in two different levels that allows you to differentiate for the needs of your particular students. Then once students have a basic understanding, they can play the Genetics Game: Making Monsters and practice applying what they've learned to simple Mendelian genetics problems. Also included are task cards and an individual assessment page to provide multiple formative assessment opportunities for your students.
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Core Disciplinary Ideas
• LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
o Genes are located in the chromosomes of cells, with each chromosome pair containing two variants of each of many distinct genes. Each distinct gene chiefly controls the production of specific proteins, which in turn affects the traits of the individual. Changes (mutations) to genes can result in changes to proteins, which can affect the structures and functions of the organism and thereby change traits.
o Variations of inherited traits between parent and offspring arise from genetic differences that result from the subset of chromosomes (and therefore genes) inherited.
• LS3.B: Variation of Traits
o In sexually reproducing organisms, each parent contributes half of the genes acquired (at random) by the offspring. Individuals have two of each chromosome and hence two alleles of each gene, one acquired from each parent. These versions may be identical or may differ from each other.
Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and effect, structure and function
Scientific and Engineering Practices: Developing and using models and constructing explanations (for science)
Science Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
7.14A – TSIET define heredity as the passage of genetic instructions from one generation to the next generation.
7.14C – TSIET recognize that inherited traits of individuals are governed in the genetic material found in the genes within chromosomes in the nucleus. (Supporting Standard)
Biology 6A – TSIET identify components of DNA, and describe how information for specifying the traits of an organism is carried in the DNA;
chromosome, gene, genetics, trait, protein, allele, nucleus, homologous pair, Mendelian, homozygous, heterozygous