Understanding Genetics with Robots 3 Day Lesson Plan with Activities

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Science With Mrs Lau
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9th - 12th
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This lesson will revolutionize how you teach genetics!

One of the analogies I have used with my students is that proteins are just like little robots. Each of them is “programmed” with a particular structure and function. Each protein has its own unique job and it can’t do any other job but its own. And in the cell, proteins help build other proteins, just like a theoretical robot colony where robots build robots.

This analogy inspired me to create this unique lesson set for teaching an introduction to genetics. One of the biggest problems with the traditional genetics units in high schools today is that they are very far removed from what real geneticists actually do. Real geneticists perform genetic screens, make knock-outs, and they definitely care why their alleles are dominant or recessive. The distinction between codominance and incomplete dominance is so vague in traditional genetics units.

BUT… if you teach about gain of function/loss of function mutations, you can explain to your students WHY some alleles are dominant or recessive. And you can explain how incomplete dominance and codominance actually work! Your students will have a better understanding of genetics and robots are just plain fun.

Check out my middle school genetics activities with Easter eggs!

Check out my preview to see what concepts are covered in each of the three days in this three day lesson plan. In the preview, you will see a detailed list of each page and teacher instructions that will tell you what the importance of each page is!

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