Ok Special Education teachers....do you have to teach a lesson on heredity or DNA and have no idea where to start?? Try this simple lesson that can be differentiated for higher level students and kept very basic for lower level students.
This lesson was developed based around the book "Are You My Mother?
by P.D. Eastman. Students were introduced to "DNA" and "cells" through a Unique Learning System chapter book. After they were introduced to the basics I introduced this book and followed up with this smartboard lesson. This lesson is VERY BASIC showing two pictures of a bird (the main character) and another animal or vehicle introduced in the story. The students are then asked "do they have the same DNA?" and answer yes or no.
Zip file contains one Smartboard lesson that opens with the Smart Notebook software and a pdf file with the exact lesson for those not having the software or to print for additional practice.
For Higher level students I included a question: "why or why not" - they can write it, if able, or verbalize to the teacher. The teacher can ask questions about their own family and if they look like their parents or not, etc.
For lower level students: They may just still be working on picture identification and answering yes/no questions. Have them come up to the smartboard and identify the animal asked.
This lesson can be easily differentiated based on your students functioning level.
Be sure to check out my other lessons on "Living and Non-living" things to include in your unit on heredity.
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