Chromosomes, Genes & Basic Genetics Foldable Notes

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7th - 10th, Homeschool
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Want a student-friendly way to introduce chromosomes and genetics? This foldable contains rich visuals and fill-in-the-blank notes to help students understand concepts and key terms, such as genes, chromosomes, traits, genotype, phenotype, karyotypes, etc. Students distinguish between DNA, chromosomes, and genes and learn how our traits are controlled by pairs of genes on our chromosomes. In the more advanced version, students may dive deeper to recognize that genes carry instructions for making proteins, and it is these proteins that govern the traits/phenotype of individuals. This foldable is designed to give students the foundational knowledge to further explore basic Mendelian (single-locus) inheritance patterns.

What’s Included in This Product

-2 different levels of Chromosomes, Genes, & Basic Genetics foldable

-Fill-in-the-blank notes with key

-Guided PowerPoint for fill-in-the-blank notes

-Instructional write-up



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;

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chromosome, gene, genetics, trait, protein, allele, nucleus, homologous pair, Mendelian, homozygous, heterozygous

Total Pages
15 pages
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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring. Assessment does not include the phases of meiosis or the biochemical mechanism of specific steps in the process.
Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding that changes in genetic material may result in making different proteins. Assessment does not include specific changes at the molecular level, mechanisms for protein synthesis, or specific types of mutations.


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