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Students connected to a website containing genetic traits.  They then completed a comparison sheet by talking with their parents and comparing common hereditary traits.  The completed assignment became part of the Local History/Genealogy Book.

Genetics on Internet

STATE OF MAINE LEARNING RESULTS

Science and Technology

A.  CLASSIFYING LIFE FORMS

Students will understand that there are similarities within the diversity of all living things.  Students will be able to:

Grades Pre-K-2

2.  Describe characteristics of different living things.

C. CELLS:

Students will understand that cells are the basic units of life.  Students will be able to:

Pre-K-2

Demonstrate that living things are made up of different parts.

What traits do we inherit?

This is a sample student's work.  Students filled in their own information in class and then brought their sheet home to enter their parents'  information.
 

 

                                                Genetics Lesson Plan
(Lesson plan from Internet) 

TITLE: Genetics: You Are Unique

GUIDING QUESTION: What are some of my inherited traits?

INSTRUCTIONAL OBJECTIVES:  Every person has his or her own looks, traits and characteristics. Every person is unique. Some traits are inherited. You may have traits like your mother, father, and some like both your father and mother.

SKILLS:

Computer skill: Students need to go on Internet to extract hand-out.

Observation skills

Documentation skills,

Research skills

Oral Presentation skills

MATERIALS:

computer to retrieve Genetics Hand-out

pencil

INTRODUCTION:  Explain how no two people are alike. Many of our traits are inherited.  We will identify some of our inherited traits.  Then students will go home to see if parents have the same traits.

ACTIVITY:

1. Students go on Internet and type in the URL to retrieve their Genetics Hand-out. Review traits we are looking for and how to document it on paper.

2. Allow students time to complete activities (about themselves) on hand-out.

3.  Share findings with the group.

4.  Have students take the hand-out home so they can see and document their parents' traits.

5.  Share findings with the group.

ASSESSMENT: 

As students share which traits they and their parents have, listen for evidence that they understand the concept of genetics and the inheritability of traits.