What's Cookin' Good Lookin'? This Google Classroom resource is a perfect way to incorporate technology and peer interaction as students learn about how genetics gave them their good looks.
Students will complete various interactive portions in editable Google Slides including:
-Editable “Traits Survey” for students to collect data from their peers
-Graphing activity with video tutorial
-TedEd lesson on immortal cells
-Writing responses about dominant/recessive traits
-TedEd lesson on Gregor Mendel and heredity
-Video about sex-linked traits
-Four Punnett Square practice slides WITH answer keys
-Sex-linked Punnett Square practice WITH answer key
-Video and description of genes, DNA, and chromosomes
-DNA modeling group project WITH rubric
This product includes a teacher version, which includes lesson plans and all the answer keys, and a student version of the interactive slides.
In this lesson, students will:
-Consider how a population represents a vast variety of traits and that dominant traits are typically more prevalent in a population
-Take genetic data (traits survey) from a population, graph that data, and interpret their graphs
-Learn about Gregor Mendel and how his work contributed to a better understanding of genetics
-Complete Punnett squares and predict the percent of offspring with a particular trait
-Learn the difference between genotypes and phenotypes
-Understand how sex-linked traits are inherited
-Describe the difference between genes, chromosomes and DNA using a 3D model
-Formulate a question about the relationship between genes, DNA, and chromosomes and consider how that question may be answered through modeling or experimentation
NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas Met:
LS1.A: Structure and Function
All cells contain genetic information in the form of DNA molecules. Genes are regions in the DNA that contain the instructions that code for the formation of proteins. (secondary) (Note: This Disciplinary Core Idea is also addressed by HS-LS1-1.)
LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
Each chromosome consists of a single very long DNA molecule, and each gene on the chromosome is a particular segment of that DNA. The instructions for forming species’ characteristics are carried in DNA. All cells in an organism have the same genetic content, but the genes used (expressed) by the cell may be regulated in different ways. Not all DNA codes for a protein; some segments of DNA are involved in regulatory or structural functions, and some have no as-yet known function.
LS3.B: Variation of Traits
In sexual reproduction, chromosomes can sometimes swap sections during the process of meiosis (cell division), thereby creating new genetic combinations and thus more genetic variation. Although DNA replication is tightly regulated and remarkably accurate, errors do occur and result in mutations, which are also a source of genetic variation. Environmental factors can also cause mutations in genes, and viable mutations are inherited. (HS-LS3-2)
Environmental factors also affect expression of traits, and hence affect the probability of occurrences of traits in a population. Thus the variation and distribution of traits observed depends on both genetic and environmental factors. (HS-LS3-2),(HS-LS3-3)
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