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Monster Mash-Up of Genetics Lesson Overview

The student will collect statistical data about genetics of an individual and model the probability of traits in the offspring.


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40-60 minutes
Individual, Pairs
PTI Inquiry
1.1, 3.1, 3.7, 4.2, 4.3, 4.4, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.6, 5.7, 5.8, 5.9, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4
Lesson Components Time Inquiry Skills Tech. Used Engage Level Brief Description
Engage 5 min 1.1, 5.2 laptop, YouTube 2 Begin by showing video clip, recognizing genetic information is passed from one generation to the next.
Explore 15 min 3.1, 3.7, 4.2, 4.3 countdown timer app 3 Students collect data, creating a monster through various trait stations based on random assignment.
Explain 10 min 5.3, 5.4, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4 none 2 Students answer questions based on their monster offspring.
Expand 10 min 4.4, 5.6, 5.7, 5.8 none 2 Using their data, students will determine the probability of specific traits and predict what their offspring would look like.
Evaluate 5 min 5.6, 5.9 none 1 Students check their understanding as a formative assessment(ticket out the door).

Level of Student Engagement
1     Low     Listen to lecture, observe the teacher, individual reading, teacher demonstration, teacher-centered instruction
2     Medium     Raise questions, lecture with discussion, record data, make predictions, technology interaction with assistance
3     High     Hands-on activity or inquiry; critique others, draw conclusions, make connections, problem-solve, student-centered

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