Advanced Biology

Semester 2

Genetics UNIT

February 27-March3              Classwork                                                    Homework

Monday

Flower Dissection  Lab

Engage:  Do now - Who was Gregor Mendel and why were his experiments with pea plants important? Inquiry lab on flower structure to be connected with Gregor Mendel

Weekly Topics and essential questions:  What are the observable patterns of how hereditary information is passed from parents to offspring?  How do we predict what traits offspring will have, given genetic information of their parents?  How can we use probability and statistics concepts to help understand genetics?

Learning Objectives: Explain the idea of random variation in data.  Appreciate importance of probability for understanding genetics. Identify the investigator whose studies formed the basis of modern genetics. List characteristics that make the garden pea a good subject for genetic study.Summarize the three major steps of Gregor Mendel’s garden pea experiment. Relate the ratios that Mendel observed in his crosses to his data.

 

Tuesday

Same as Monday

 

Wednesday

Getting started: Do Now—find 3 similarities and/or differences between DNA and RNA (shown on screen).  Think-pair share with someone sitting near you. (5 minutes)  Tell them they will have 3 minutes to do it silently, then 2 minutes to share with neighbor. 

 

Activities:  Compare do-now answers as a class. (5 minutes)  Brief review of DNA structure, and short teacher presentation on RNA structure. (15 minutes)  Video on comaring and contrastig RNA., and on DNA replication. 
Activity:  In small groups, cut apart our DNA ladders and rebuild them to model DNA replication (DNA replication) 

Formative Assessments: Evaluate answers to Do Now.  Ask questions about what they noticed, and ask students to share their answers with the class.  Observe during the activity to se if they are correctly modeling DNA replication.

 

Homework:  Visit with Parents about Biology class

 

Objectives:  Differentiate between RNA and DNA.  What they look like and what they do.

Desribe how DNA replicates.. next
Describes how Chargraff's rule relates to DNA replication.
 

 

 

Thursday

same  

Friday

Getting started: Do Now—find 3 similarities and/or differences between DNA and RNA (shown on screen).  Think-pair share with someone sitting near you. (5 minutes)  Tell them they will have 3 minutes to do it silently, then 2 minutes to share with neighbor. 

Objectives:  Differentiate between RNA and DNA.  What they look like and what they do.

Desribe how DNA replicates.
Describes how Chargraff's rule relates to DNA replication.
 

 

Activities:  Compare do-now answers as a class. (5 minutes)  Brief review of DNA structure, and short teacher presentation on RNA structure. (15 minutes)  Video on comaring and contrasting RNA., and on DNA replication. 
Activity:  In small groups, cut apart our DNA ladders and rebuild them to model DNA replication (DNA replication) 

Formative Assessments: Evaluate answers to Do Now.  Ask questions about what they noticed, and ask students to share their answers with the class.  Observe during the activity to se if they are correctly modeling DNA replication.

Homework:  Worksheet, front and back, due tomorrow

 

 
 

March 6-10                       Classwork                                         Homework                                  

Monday

Brief quiz on DNA  & RNA structure and DNA replication.  Explanation of protein synthesis.. Objectives:  Explain the difference between transcription and translation.  Translate a DNA sequence into its complimentary RNA sequence.  Use a codon chart to determine a sequence of amino acids from an RNA sequence.

Tuesday

 

Wednesday

   

Thursday

Getting started: Groups will be posted on smartboard as students enter.  Direct students to sit in their assigned groups.

Role model Fairy tale Analogy.. Students work in small groups on their own fairy tale.

 

 

Friday

Activities: Secret Message Game:  Students will work in groups of three to decode secret messages—an analogy for protein synthesis. (Handouts)   

Formative assessment:  Observe students as they conduct the activity, check to see if they are doing it right.

Homework: Practice worksheet.

 

 

March13-17                        Classwork                                         Homework                                  

Monday

Sharing Fairy tales to identify majore players in Protein Synthesis -fun Review  and brief Post assessment quiz. Objectives:  Explain the difference between transcription and translation.  Translate a DNA sequence into its complimentary RNA sequence.  Use a codon chart to determine a sequence of amino acids from an RNA sequence.

Formative assessment:  Observe students as they conduct the activity, check to see if they are doing it right.

Homework: Practice worksheet.

 

Tuesday

same as monday

Wednesday

 

Engage:  Teacher demonstration and then small group work, ask questions about understanding

 

Explore/Explain/Elaborate:
Discuss questions about homework. In groups students answer simulation of organisms and set up test crosses to decide which alleles are dominant and which are recessive, and which display incomplete dominance vs codominance. When students are finished, we will discuss dihybrid crosses.

 

Weekly Topics and essential questions:  What are the observable patterns of how hereditary information is passed from parents to offspring?  How do we predict what traits offspring will have, given genetic information of their parents?  How can we use probability and statistics concepts to help understand genetics?

Learning Objectives: Introduction to Punnett squares and genetic probability. Explain the principle of Independent Assortment. Explain how Mendel's principals apply to all organisms.  Students will learn to construct, complete and interpret mono and di-hybrid crosses.

 

 

Thursday

   

Friday

Practice Genetic Crosses.. Lots of levels available!

Think about your research!

March 20-24                       Classwork                                         Homework                                  

Monday

Time to work on Science Symposium!  

Tuesday

 

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Friday