Bizarre Animal Science Lesson Plan: the mystery of the supercow

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Career In STEM
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6th - 9th, Homeschool
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In this lesson, students will act as animal scientists to research the bizarre Belgian Blue Cattle. Students will examine genetic factors influencing growth (NGSS standards MS-LS1-5 and HS-LS1-1) to determine how animal scientists have developed this massive and bizarre-looking animal. Purchase includes:

1. 60 minute in-person lesson plan written in 5E format (PDF)

2. student worksheet with career profile questions and reading guide

3. reading guide answer key

4. access to online Animal Scientist career exploration resources including virtual job shadow YouTube video, fun career focused activity, and career information sheet in English and Spanish

Lesson plan is structured for in person learning, and the student reading guide can serve as an independent student activity for distance learning.

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7 pages
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Teaching Duration
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms. Examples of local environmental conditions could include availability of food, light, space, and water. Examples of genetic factors could include large breed cattle and species of grass affecting growth of organisms. Examples of evidence could include drought decreasing plant growth, fertilizer increasing plant growth, different varieties of plant seeds growing at different rates in different conditions, and fish growing larger in large ponds than they do in small ponds. Assessment does not include genetic mechanisms, gene regulation, or biochemical processes.
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins, which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells. Assessment does not include identification of specific cell or tissue types, whole body systems, specific protein structures and functions, or the biochemistry of protein synthesis.


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