Get help teaching genetics to your middle school science students with this digital science activity. In this activity, students use online resources to answer questions about genetics and build their background knowledge.
This activity takes students through the first two steps in the learning cycle, including asking questions and accessing new information. In this digital science unit, we provide questions to answer, although students can add their own questions as they explore genetics. We also provide the resources they need to gather new information. Students will begin to process the new information by recording their existing background knowledge and answering the questions. However, more processing will be needed to help them master the material.
To start, the first two pages of the digital science activity explain the learning cycle to students so that they can take control of their own learning. Look for other resources in my store to take students through the rest of the steps in the learning cycle, including flashcards for practicing new information.
Each provided question comes with at least six online resources to guide students to the answer. Students do not need to study every included resource, but multiple options are included to give students choice in their learning so that they stay motivated. Similarly, students can choose between text and video resources. Teaching genetics has never been easier!
QUESTIONS ON GENETICS INCLUDED
- Who was Gregor Mendel and what did he discover?
- What is a gene?
- What is an allele?
- How are dominant and recessive alleles different?
- What is the principle of segregation?
- What is the law of independent assortment?
- Create a Punnett Square to show the possible flower colors of offspring of a heterozygous purple flower plant and a homozygous white flower plant.
OTHER SCIENCE RESOURCES
Are you looking for more resources for your middle school science classroom beyond genetics? I have a variety of reading passages, flashcard sets, and activities here and at my Teachers Pay Teachers store!
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