Chromosomes & Karyotypes - A Digital Learning & Exploration Activity

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7th - 10th
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This engaging activity is completely digital and completely ready to post and go! Perfect for distance learning or sub plans during your genetics unit! Save some time today!

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This product introduces students to chromosomes and karyotypes through a series of six engaging activities. The lesson is designed so that you as the teacher can pick and choose whether to include certain sections. One section does require student access to BrainPop, BUT that section can be easily removed or replaced (this is explained in the teacher directions on the first page of the document).

The six parts of the lesson are:

  • A 5-minute video introduction to chromosomes + response activity
  • A 5-minute video from BrainPop on chromosomes and genetics with links to topic quizzes
  • A 3-paragraph article on using karyotyping to identify chromosomes based on physical characteristics with post-reading questions
  • An interactive activity from Utah Genetics where students use karyotyping to match chromosome pairs
  • A self-guided, student choice exploration activity for students to dive deeper into chromosomes; several video links are provided, as are directions for students to seek out their own online resources instead
  • A mini-research project on chromosomal abnormalities; assign students a specific chromosome or give them total choice! Students select a chromosomal disorder or disease, research, and create a digital flyer to share with classmates

There is lots of teacher flexibility here to mix-and-match lesson parts to create a unique lesson that works for you and your students, or you can just post-and-go as-is for an instant lesson! If using all six activities, allow students 2-3 days to complete everything (possibly even 4, as the research & flyer may take 1-2 days). If using just the basic three parts as described in the teacher directions, students could complete in as little as one day. You could also offer students choice in which of the parts they want to complete beyond the basic three. There are tons of possibilities to make this lesson fit your needs!

This lesson works well in any genetics unit and slots in with my other genetics digital lessons:

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation. Emphasis is on using models such as Punnett squares, diagrams, and simulations to describe the cause and effect relationship of gene transmission from parent(s) to offspring and resulting genetic variation.
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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