This lesson is highly differentiated by interest and learning style and allows for student choice. Students can demonstrate their learning through technology, a three-dimensional DNA model or by drawing a detailed diagram. Additionally, students will participate in a hot topic discussion using the knowledge gained from research.
This lesson can be used to introduce genetics as project-based learning. It can also be used after students have been introduced to cells, chromosomes, DNA and genes. Students enjoy the project and demonstrate a significantly higher understanding in the area of genetics upon completion. The hot topics also grab their attention and increase student engagement.
Students can explain the relationships between cells, chromosomes, DNA and genes.
Students can identify and label parts of DNA.
Students can use science vocabulary appropriately to discuss current events in the area of genetics.
Organization of research information
The file includes:
Page 1 Lesson Planning Notes
Page 2 Student Handout - Genetics Menu (Rubric Included)
Page 3 Student Handout - Research Organizer