This is a project-based unit of study that was created for tenth grade Biology students. Students will learn and practice Mendelian genetics. Students will develop expertise in using pedigrees, punnett squares, and karyotypes in the diagnosis of case histories. Also, students will study genetically modified crops throughout the lesson and debate the use of these crops in the world today.
- Students will be able to explain the double-stranded, complementary nature of DNA through the DNA Project.
- Students will be able to explain how DNA and RNA code for proteins and determine traits through the Protein synthesis with words activity.
- Students will gain an understanding of how to use pedigrees, punnett squares, and karyotypes through the case study experience.
- Students will be able to explain what genetically modified foods are and where they come from through GMO research, questionnaire, and debate.
- Students will summarize how transgenic organisms are engineered to benefit society during the GMO debate.
Author: Kirk Kennedy