Big Ideas:  Heredity   
Essential Questions: How does information flow from the cell nucleus to direct the synthesis of proteins?  How can we use genetics to study inheritance? 
Vocabulary: DNA, RNA, protein synthesis, genes, alleles, phenotype, genotype, homozygous, heterozygous, monohybrid, dihybrid, trihybrid, probability, testcross, co-dominance, incomplete dominance, multiple alleles, polygenetics, transposons 
Month Content Skills Asessment Standards Instructional Activities,
Strategies, and Differentiation
March Genetics Formative:  HS-LS1-1; HS-LS1-6; HS-LS3-1,2,3 Provide Topic Reading Assignments and Vocabulary List   
DNA “Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid” (Structure and Function) Create a model of DNA to understand the structures, explain the location/functions of genes, and investigate the basic principles of protein synthesis Deliver Information via Lecture, Discussion and Handouts
Protein Synthesis (Fundamentals of Transcription and Translation) Extract DNA from chicken liver cells and isolating the DNA in solution for observation Student Partipiation and Dialog  Use Technology (ie Simulations/Illustrations/Videos), Various Manipulatives and Word Play
Terminology (Gene/Allele, Heredity, Genotype/Phenotype, Dominant/  Develop an awareness of phenotypic and genotypic patterns and fractions/percentages/ratios Study Guide Assignments  Offer Review Opportunities (Study Guides and Study Sessions)
   Recessive, Homozygous/Heterozygous) Demonstrates the meaning of various terms such as genes, genotype, phenotype, dominant and recessive Lab Practicles and/or Projects Supplement Topic Discussion with Labs/Projects/Demonstrations
Mendel’s Experiments and Principles (Dominance, Segregation,   Predict the genotypic and phenotypic ratios of offspring resulting from the random paring of gametes and to calculate and graph the genotypic ratio and/or phenotypic those ratios   Chapter Quizzes
   and Independent Assortment) Arrange chromosomes in declining order of size based on height and gene band patterns in order to determine a patient’s gender Reading / Vocabulary Exam  
Punnett’s Squares (Monohybrid, Dihybrid, Trihybrid Tables) Become aware of how a pedigree is created and used for clinical studies
Use an expanded binomial to find gene frequencies for a particular trait Summative:
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