ALEX Lesson Plans
Subject: Mathematics (7), or Science (7)
Title: SpongeBob RoundPants? What's the Chance?
Description: What are the chances of SpongeBob having kids with round pants? Working in cooperative learning groups, students explore the concept of probability. Using interactive websites, students explore the possibilities of an organism having a particular trait by completing a virtual lab using Punnett squares. Students will apply their knowledge to predict possible outcomes of the offspring of the residents of Bikini Bottom.
Subject: Mathematics (7), or Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Genetics: Peas to Blood Types
Description: Students will complete an online tutorial about what makes up a person's blood type, how blood types are determined, and which blood types can transfuse safely.
Subject: Science (7 - 8)
Title: Genetic Babies
Description: Students will explore Gregor Mendel's laws of genetics in this lesson. Students will be paired in male and female groups. If girls and boys can't be evenly divided, same sex students can be paired to represent research scientists. Different candy will represent alleles for various characteristics. Students will combine dominant and recessive traits to determine the phenotype and genotype of their genetic babies. The genetic baby will be designed and displayed for peers to view.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.
Subject: Science (7)
Title: What is Cloning?
Description: This is an interactive website that answers the question on "What is Cloning?" There are multiple links for interactive learning about cloning. There are also video links about nuclear transfer.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.
Subject: Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Creature Creations
Description: This is a collaborative effort between Mary Smith and Christine Olsen. It is a lesson for cooperative learning groups of 3 to 4 students. This lesson will take place in the classroom, the science laboratory, and the computer lab.
Students will learn how to differentiate between dominant and recessive traits and genotypes. They will use this knowledge to construct a model creature, identifying its traits, and specifying which traits are dominant. Students will then predict the possible outcomes of genetic crosses between “parent” creatures.
Thinkfinity Lesson Plans
Title: Gene Puzzles
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students come to understand that in sexually reproducing organisms, such as humans, typically half of the genes come from each parent. They examine a fictional pedigree and determine which gene is responsible for a given trait.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8
Title: A Mendel Seminar
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, constructed around Gregor Mendel's 1865 paper, is an advanced lesson in history, scientific inquiry, methodology, classical genetics, and plant biology. In this lesson, students are guided through a thorough discussion of part of the paper Mendel wrote about his pea plant experiments.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12
ALEX Learning Assets
Title: It's all in your Genes
Digital Tool: Online Video
Digital Tool Description: A teacher-made rap video about genetics for a seventh grader class. The music is sung to the tune of "Forever" by Drake (featuring Kanye West, Lil Wayne, and Eminem) and includes lyrics on a black screen. Some of the lyrics include, "Listen up and listen 'bout your genes. Maybe you know how to draw, or you sing a song better than Tim McGraw, or you grow to be seven feet tall, whatever it's all about your genes....." A video to review material. (3:30)