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Subject: Credit Recovery Science (7), or Science (7)
Title: Modeling Meiosis and Gamete Formation
Description: The Modeling Meiosis and Gamete Formation Module includes hands-on and inquiry-based activities.  Using yarn and pop beads, students will simulate the changes in chromosome pairs as they move through the various stages of meiosis.  The students will use Play Dough to model the formation of the sperm and egg cells and to denote the differences in cytokinesis and explain the reasoning for the differences. 


Subject: Credit Recovery Science (7), or Science (7)
Title: Modeling Mitosis
Description: The Modeling Mitosis module includes hands-on inquiry-based activities.  This module provides three different methods for learning about Mitosis.  Using yarn and popsicle sticks, students will model and explain what happens in each of the various stages of Mitosis.  Students will prepare and examine slides of their cheek cells and compare them to those of other students. This will demonstrate  the relationship between structure and function of cells and, also, the similarity of the same types of cells within the same species.  The students will observe prepared slides of onion root tips and whitefish blastula to discover the differences in mitosis in plant and animal cells.


Subject: Mathematics (7), or Credit Recovery Science (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: Mathematics (7), or Credit Recovery Science (7), or Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Where Did You Get Those "Jeans"?
Description: This lesson can be interdisciplinary involving science, mathematics, and language arts. The primary nature of the lesson is inquiry, project, and technology-based. In science this project is a culminating activity in the heredity unit.


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Subject: Science
Title: Gene Puzzles      Add Bookmark
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



Subject: Health
Title: Proteome      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from science NetLinks, you'll hear about the difficulties of the task of determining which genes make which proteins, and what these proteins do. Geneticists think this information could provide valuable insights into disease. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: DNA and Endangered Species      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from Xpeditions, students learn some basics about DNA and genetics and then learn how DNA can be used to study and help endangered animals. They visit a Web site with information about specific research projects and write paragraphs explaining how DNA and genetics research might be used to help an endangered or threatened species.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Health, Science
Title: Blood Cholesterol      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about whether donating blood could actually be good for you. In the interview, Kirsten Alcorn, Medical Director of the Washington Hospital Center's transfusion service, discusses whether or not donating blood can help you get rid of cholesterol. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: What Happens in the First 9 Months?      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to familiarize students with the stages of human development during pregnancy. This lesson provides students with the chance to explore human development using Internet resources that contain text, drawings, photos, and video about human development.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: A Mendel Seminar      Add Bookmark
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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