Virtual Genetics Lab

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Amy Brown Science
Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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18 Slides, 6 student pages, 6 teacher pages
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The title of this virtual lab is “Heredity or Environment? The Effect of the Environment on Gene Expression.” Students will explore the concept that an organisms’s phenotype often depends on the influences of the environment. The characteristics of an organism are not determined solely by the genes that are inherited from the parents. Often, the expression of a gene is influenced by environmental factors.

This lab is designed to be used in Google Drive, Google Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, or similar. This resource is a paperless, digital virtual lab that must be completed on a laptop or iPad. This resource is not designed to be a “printable” resource that is passed out to students in a traditional school setting.

This resource is perfect for distance learning and for students in 1:1 classrooms.

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Why a Virtual Lab?

  • Perfect for distance learning or homeschooling.
  • Paperless for 1:1 Schools.
  • No lab supplies? No problem!
  • Save time by assigning as a take-home project or homework.

What will the students be doing?

  • Students will work through an 18-slide Google Slides presentation that describes the experiment and allows the student to collect data.
  • Students will record their data, work genetics problems, and answer questions on a separate Student Recording Worksheet.
  • Remember: There is no paper or printable resource involved in this activity. Students will complete all work in Google Drive, Google Classroom, Microsoft OneDrive, or similar.

What s included in this resource?

  • 18-Slide virtual lab presentation in Google Slides
  • 6-Page Digital and Paperless Student Recording Worksheet
  • 6-Page Teacher Guide and Answer Key to the Lab
  • Comprehensive Guide on how to access and use this virtual lab in Google Drive, Google Classroom, and/or Microsoft OneDrive.

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Total Pages
18 Slides, 6 student pages, 6 teacher pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 9–10 texts and topics.
Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.
Apply concepts of statistics and probability to explain the variation and distribution of expressed traits in a population. Emphasis is on the use of mathematics to describe the probability of traits as it relates to genetic and environmental factors in the expression of traits. Assessment does not include Hardy-Weinberg calculations.


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