During this tutorial, students will read and navigate their way through animations, review questions, and various diagrams to learn the basic patterns of genetic inheritance as discovered by Gregor Mendel in a unique and easy to follow manner.
Students will begin with an introduction to genetics. They will progress their way through the work of Gregor Mendel, onto the mathematical tools called Punnett squares, and then finish as they play the role of a genetic counselor to help two families with a history of cystic fibrosis and sickle cell disease.
From the student point of view, this sure beats a 40 minute lecture as it is much more engaging. From the teacher point of view, this beats a 40 minute lecture as it allows the students to be engaged with the process of inheritance. This is NOT a simple PowerPoint presentation where students are shown bullet point main ideas. This is a completely interactive tutorial that requires student answers in order to proceed.
There are 121 slides in total to this interactive PowerPoint tutorial.
Once you download the paid version, feel free to make multiple copies to use with your students. In the olden days, I burned a class set of CDs to use in my classroom. When we went to the computer lab, I would simply pass out 1 CD to each student and they can then work at their own pace. Now-a-days, I have a class set of USB/flash drives that I have collected over the years. I simply hand each student a USB drive when we reach the computer lab and they can get started.
This download includes 4 files:
1) The interactive PowerPoint tutorial
2) Student worksheet (pdf format)
3) Student worksheet (Word format)
3) Answer key (pdf format)