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It's all in your Genes

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Melissa Knowles
System:Scottsboro City
School:Scottsboro City Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1047
Title:
It's all in your Genes
Digital Tool/Resource:
Online Video
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

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)

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Technology Education
TC2 (2009)
Grade: 6-8
2 ) Publish digital products that communicate curriculum concepts.

Examples: Web pages, videos, podcasts, multimedia presentations

Science
SC2015 (2015)
Grade: 7
Life Science
12 ) Construct and use models (e.g., monohybrid crosses using Punnett squares, diagrams, simulations) to explain that genetic variations between parent and offspring (e.g., different alleles, mutations) occur as a result of genetic differences in randomly inherited genes located on chromosomes and that additional variations may arise from alteration of genetic information.

Insight Unpacked Content
Scientific And Engineering Practices:
Developing and Using Models
Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect
Disciplinary Core Idea: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students:
  • Identify and describe the relevant components of the model.
  • Develop a model for a given phenomenon involving the variations that arise between parent and offspring as a result of randomly inherited genes and alteration of genetic material.
  • Use a model to explain a given phenomenon involving the variations that arise between parent and offspring as a result of randomly inherited genes and alteration of genetic material.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • Punnett square - monohybrid cross
  • Homozygous and Pure
  • Heterozygous and
  • Hybrid
  • Homologous
  • Dominant
  • Recessive
  • Models
  • Genetic variation
  • Parent
  • Offspring
  • DNA
  • Genes
  • Inheritance
  • Allele
  • Variation
  • Mitosis (introduced in Standard 2; use here for comparison to Meiosis)
  • Meiosis
  • Chromosome
  • Mutation
  • Probability
  • Gregor Mendel
  • Mendel's laws
  • Sexual reproduction
  • Asexual reproduction
  • Sperm
  • Egg
  • Zygote
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • Chromosomes are the source of genetic information.
  • Organisms reproduce, either sexually or asexually, and transfer their genetic information to offspring.
  • Variations of inherited traits from parent to offspring arise from the genetic differences of chromosomes inherited.
  • In sexual reproduction, each parent contributes half of the genes acquired (at random) by the offspring.
  • Individuals have two of each chromosome, one acquired from each parent; therefore individuals have two alleles (versions) for each gene. The alleles (versions) may be identical or may differ from each other.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • Construct a model for a given phenomenon involving the differences in genetic variation that arise from genetic differences in genes and chromosomes and that additional variations may arise from alteration of genetic information.
  • Identify and describe the relevant components of the model.
  • Describe the relationships between components of the model.
  • Use the model to describe a causal account for why genetic variations occur between parents and offspring.
  • Use the model to describe a causal account for why genetic variations may occur from alteration of genetic information.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • During reproduction (both sexual and asexual) parents transfer genetic information in the form of genes to their offspring.
  • Under normal conditions, offspring have the same number of chromosomes (and genes) as their parents.
  • In asexual reproduction: Offspring have a single source of genetic information and their chromosomes are complete copies of each single parent pair of chromosomes. Offspring chromosomes are identical to parent chromosomes.
  • In sexual reproduction: Offspring have two sources of genetic information that contribute to each final pair of chromosomes in the offspring because both parents are likely to contribute different genetic information, offspring chromosomes reflect a combination of genetic material from two sources and therefore contain new combinations of genes that make offspring chromosomes distinct from those of either parent.
AMSTI Resources:
AMSTI Module:
Studying the Development and Reproduction of Organisms
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 8
16) Present content designed for specific audiences through an appropriate medium.

Example: Create and share a help video for a senior's center that provides tips for online safety.

Insight Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • create and share a presentation designed for specific audiences through an appropriate medium.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • of the many mediums available to share content, some are more appropriate than others in given circumstances.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • design and present content designed for specific audiences through an appropriate medium.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • understanding your audience is as important as the content you are sharing or presenting.
Learning Objectives:

Students will use a PUNNETT square to determine their personal genetic trait map.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
After/Explain/Elaborate
Activity:

1. Students will watch the video link to Mr. Lee - Genetics Rap.

2. Students will solve a Punnett square for hair color, eye color, and height. 

3. Students will then create a new line to the rap describing how they received one of their traits.

Assessment Strategies:

Check Punnett square for accuracy and understanding. 


Advanced Preparation:

Teach Punnett squares. 

Print Punnett square sheet or have students create own on paper.

Variation Tips (optional):

Download a karaoke version of "Forever" by Drake. Allow students to record their line in the song.

Create own music video to share using their recorded song.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):
 
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