Big Ideas: Heredity / Mammal Anatomy and Physiology
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; various mammalian anatomy
Month Content Skills Asessment Standards Instructional Activities,
Strategies, and Differentiation
May-June 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†††
Probability (Principle of Chance, Product Rule,†† 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
Monohybrid, Dihybrid, Trihybrid, and Polyhybrids) Extract DNA from chicken liver cells and isolating the DNA in solution for observation Study Guide Assignments Use Technology (ie Simulations/Illustrations/Videos), Various Manipulatives and Word Play
Others (Unknown Alleles, Test Cross, Incomplete†† Develop an awareness of phenotypic and genotypic patterns and fractions/percentages/ratios Lab Practicles and/or Projects Offer Review Opportunities (Study Guides and Study Sessions)
†† Dominance, Co-Dominance, Multiple Alleles,†† Demonstrates the meaning of various terms such as genes, genotype, phenotype, dominant and recessive Chapter Quizzes Supplement Topic Discussion with Labs/Projects/Demonstrations
†† Polygenics, and Transposons) 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
Arrange chromosomes in declining order of size based on height and gene band patterns in order to determine a patientís gender
Become aware of how a pedigree is created and used for clinical studies Summative:
Use an expanded binomial to find gene frequencies for a particular trait Chapter Exam
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology†† (Standard 1: B.1.1 - B.1.3, B.1.5)
Rattus norvegicus (Norway Rat) Investigate the anatomy and physiology of a mammal for comparative review human tissues and organs.
* Tissues Define and understand external features, muscular systems, throat and oral cavity, abdominal cavity Process Standards:
* Circulatory System †† and digestive system, circulatory system, respiratory system, urinary structures, female/male
* Respiratory System †† genital structures, and the central nervous system. [x] SEPS.1 Posing Questions
* Digestive System [x] SEPS.2 Developing and Using Models and Tools
* Excretory System [x] SEPS.3 Constructing and Performing Investigations
* Nervous System [x] SEPS.4 Analyzing and Interpreting Data
* Sensory System [x] SEPS.5 Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
* Immune System [x] SEPS.6 Constructing Explanations
* and/or Reproductive System [x] SEPS.7 Engaging in Argument from Evidence
[x] SEPS.8 Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Info
Visit ( for Further Details and Information with Regards to the Curriculum††
Visit ( for Further Details and Information on Indiana Standards Literacy 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 authorís 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