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Lesson Plans (7) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Assessments (2) Any activity or resource teachers use to help gauge student progress. Informational Materials (2) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (6) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Activities (8) Any activity that would enhance a lesson or unit in order to help the learner master an objective 
and/or acquire a skill.  Examples include, but are not limited to, online tutorials, experiments, 
demonstrations, and hands-on activities. Teacher Tools (1) An extensive set of online resource tools teachers can use to enhance student learning or increase teacher productivity often useful across grade levels and/or subject areas (Aligned to professional learning standards instead of content standards).


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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


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Subject: Science
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



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Subject: Science
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



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Assessments


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Working out a Punnet Square
http://www.athro.com...
This interactive site allows students to work out a Punnet square. Students can work both monohybrid and a dihybrid crosses.

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Mendelian Genetics
http://www.biology.a...
This site features genetics problem sets and tutorials.

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DNA, Genes and Heredity
http://www.dnaftb.or...
This site is an animated primer on the basics of DNA, genes, and heredity. It contains concepts, animations, a photo gallery, and additional web links. It also contains language options for ESL students.

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The Blue People Of Troublesome Creek
http://www.nclark.ne...
Read about the Blue People of Troublesome Creek, "the story of an Appalachian malady, an inquisitive doctor, and a paradoxical cure." There is an associated PowerPoint.

Interactives/Games


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DNA, Genes and Heredity
http://www.dnaftb.or...
This site is an animated primer on the basics of DNA, genes, and heredity. It contains concepts, animations, a photo gallery, and additional web links. It also contains language options for ESL students.

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Learn Genetics: Tour of the Basics
http://learn.genetic...
Great animations on what DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, Proteins, Heredity and Traits are!

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Working out a Punnet Square
http://www.athro.com...
This interactive site allows students to work out a Punnet square. Students can work both monohybrid and a dihybrid crosses.

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Mendelian Genetics
http://www.biology.a...
This site features genetics problem sets and tutorials.

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Punnet Squares Virtual Lab
http://www.mhhe.com/...
A virtual lab introducing students to punnet squares and their ability to predict probabilities of offspring. Students work problems and are given chances to reset and correct problems. They keep up with work in a lab notebook.

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Dragon Genotype to Phenotype
http://biologica.con...
This activity explores the relationship between genotype and phenotype, using both sex-linked and autosomal dominant and recessive traits. By manipulating alleles (genotype), students create corresponding changes in the dragon's physical appearance (phenotype). Requires flashplayer.

Learning Activities


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Learn Genetics: Tour of the Basics
http://learn.genetic...
Great animations on what DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, Proteins, Heredity and Traits are!

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Working out a Punnet Square
http://www.athro.com...
This interactive site allows students to work out a Punnet square. Students can work both monohybrid and a dihybrid crosses.

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Mendelian Genetics
http://www.biology.a...
This site features genetics problem sets and tutorials.

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Population Genetics
http://www2.gsu.edu...
Questionnaire about differences among peers based on his/her inherited traits.

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Family Traits
http://www.sln.org/...
You can change names and make it for the classmates to help fill out each others traits.

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Dragon Genotype to Phenotype
http://biologica.con...
This activity explores the relationship between genotype and phenotype, using both sex-linked and autosomal dominant and recessive traits. By manipulating alleles (genotype), students create corresponding changes in the dragon's physical appearance (phenotype). Requires flashplayer.

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Allele Frequency and Sickle Cell Anemia Lab
http://chroma.gs.was...
Students use beans to simulate the different genes found in the gametes and determine survival rates in different environments, calculating allele frequencies as they proceed.

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Blue People Pedigree Activity
http://www.nclark.ne...
Use a pedigree chart to determine the genotypes and phenotypes of members of the Fugate family.

Teacher Tools


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Mendel and Genetic Crosses
http://www.hhmi.org/...
This unique teacher tool supplies the teacher with teacher materials, student handouts, and activity cards to explore genetic crosses in the stickleback fish.

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