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:  (Standard 1: B.1.2, B.1.4); (Standard 4: B.4.1-B.4.3, B.4.5, B.4.6) 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 Student Partipiation and Dialog  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 Study Guide Assignments  [x] SEPS.1 Posing Questions 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 Lab Practicles and/or Projects [x] SEPS.2 Developing and Using Models and Tools 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 Chapter Quizzes [x] SEPS.3 Constructing and Performing Investigations  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   Reading / Vocabulary Exam [x] SEPS.4 Analyzing and Interpreting Data
   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 [x] SEPS.5 Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking  
Punnett’s Squares (Monohybrid, Dihybrid, Trihybrid Tables) Become aware of how a pedigree is created and used for clinical studies Summative: [x] SEPS.6 Constructing Explanations
Use an expanded binomial to find gene frequencies for a particular trait Chapter Exam [x] SEPS.7 Engaging in Argument from Evidence 
[x] SEPS.8 Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Info
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Visit ( for Further Details and Information on Indiana Standards [x] LST.1 Learning Outcomes: 
Read and comprehend science and technical texts  
independently and proficiently and write effectively for a variety 
of discipline-secific tasks, purposes, and audiences
[x] LST.2 Key Ideas and Textual Support
Extract and construct meaning from science and technical texts  
using a variety of comprehension skills
[x] LST.3 Structural Elements and Organization
Build understanding of science and technical texts, using  
knowledge of structural organization and author’s purpose and  
[x] LST.4 Synthesis and Connection of Ideas
Build understanding of science and technical texts by 
synthesizing and connecting ideas and evaluating specific
[x] LST.5 Writing Genres
Write for different purposes and to specific audiences or people
[x] LST.6 The Writing Process
Produce coherent and legible documents by planning, drafting, 
revising, editing, and collaborating with others