HS-LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits Lesson Plans

  • Class Activity
    From Gene to Protein - Transcription and Translation
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    Activity
    Students learn how a gene provides the instructions for making a protein, and how the gene for sickle cell hemoglobin results in sickle cell anemia. Simple paper models are used to help students learn the basic molecular biology of transcription and translation.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1-1
    HS-LS3-1
    HS-LS3-2
     
    Published by Ingrid Waldron and Jennifer Doherty
  • Lab Experiment
    DNA Extraction
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    Experiment
    Students extract DNA from their cheek cells and relate the steps in the procedure to the characteristics of cells and DNA. Students learn about DNA structure and replication during the intervals required for the extraction procedure.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS3-1
     
    Published by Ingrid Waldron and Jennifer Doherty
  • Lab Experiment
    Mitosis, Meiosis and Fertilization
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    Experiment
    Students use sockosome models of chromosomes (made from pairs of socks) to understand the processes of mitosis, meiosis and fertilization. Students are also introduced to the concept that understanding meiosis and fertilization provides the basis for understanding genetics and learn how a mistake in meiosis can result in Down Syndrome.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS1-4
    HS-LS3-1
     
    Published by Ingrid Waldron and Jennifer Doherty

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