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Six Star Science Teacher-Recommended Collection: Inheritance

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Description Collection Description
This is a collection that includes lesson plans, an excerpt from an online textbook, animations, and lesson plans to enrich a unit taught on Inheritance.

How were the items in this collection used?
This collection was used to supplement the material taught in an Inheritance unit to increase engagement by providing hands-on activities for challenging concepts such as probability and made the concepts real-world, as the students applied the information they are learning to solve problems.

Who used this collection?
This collection can be used by Biology teachers to supplement their instruction on Inheritance to include: meiosis, probability, Punnett squares, karyotypes, etc.

Student-centered instruction
This collection provides three lesson plans that are inquiry based – meiosis, probability as it relates to Punnett squares, and karyotypes. The animations provided will help students relate what they are learning to the real-world.

Valuing diversity
The items in this collection can be modified and adapted to meet the needs of students with various learning styles. The resources that address genetic disorders can be explored in regard to how they impact particular genders, cultures, racial/ethnic groups, etc.

Integrating technology
The collection consists of links to videos and interactive animations that reinforce the concepts related to inheritance. The link to genetic disorders can be used to generate interest in technology, the impact the concepts have on the world, and the everyday life of the students.

Authentic assessment
The lesson plans provide opportunities for the students to apply their knowledge at multiple levels and thus provide the opportunity for the teacher to assess where students may need more guidance and/or re-teaching. Students learn about the role of a genetic counselor and see the impact of STEM education in the real world. Students could also write about the animations they view and explain how it relates to what they learned in class.

Utilizing accurate and timely content information
All the resources appear to be current and many provide links that show the use of the concepts in the real-world. Further, the link to health and disease topics provides an opportunity to explore the treatments and research being done on genetic disorders.

Reflecting on teaching and learning
In the Making Sense of Meiosis, my students were better able to explain the process of meiosis and explain the steps with more accuracy then in previous years. Generally, I just try to explain probability through Punnett square problems, the hands-on activity provided a foundation for the students to use as reference when they solved Punnett squares later in the unit. The students appreciated seeing how the material they were studying is used in STEM careers.

Please enter suggestions for colleagues.
This collection serves as a supplement to an Inheritance unit. There are many things that can be modified to show the real world application of the concepts.

Type of Resource Annotated Collection
Format Multiple Formats
Natasha Ezerski, Seneca Valley High School
Grade/Age Level High School lower division (Grades 9-10)
Learning Time 2-3 hours
Languages English, Spanish
Type of Review Reviewed by Partner Organization

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 This is an appropriate for high school students. It provided a wide variety of resource types (background information, videos/animations, labs, and activities). I also liked that not all of the resources required technology (meaning computer access) for me to implement in my classroom since I teach in a building with limited access. 

—Aubrey Mikos, Serena High School