Making Babies Project - Day 2 (pg311)

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Today was the second and final day of our “Making Babies” project. Students began by finishing their sperm and egg cells (any absent students were given filled-in copies, as posted here). Then they cut out all 46 chromosomes and glued them on Page 311. This including flipping a coin to determine whether the father would pass on an X or a Y. Then they determined the baby’s traits by looking at the genes located on each chromosome. They finished off by drawing a picture of their baby on the back. When finished, each pair of partners should have a total of two (hopefully) healthy babies.

To see the finished product, please visit my website by clicking here.

*I squeezed this project into two days, but I partly regret doing so. It should have been a three-day project that moved at a slower pace. I think a teacher with 1-hour periods could do the project over two days, but any teacher with 45-minute periods (like me!) should probably take a full three days.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
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.


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