Today we watched Assignment Discovery: Understanding Genetics video. We jotted notes about gene therapies, twin studies, and genetic engineering. Our summary paragraph addresses the question: How has the decoding of the human genome changed our understanding of life and living things (full CEAEAEAL). If you missed today's class you could watch this awesome video (and website) to explain about genes, the genome, and epigenetics. Twin studies have been very enlightening to examine just how nature and genes are affected by nurture and the environment. You can also watch the song video below which addresses some genetic engineering (cloning). Need more information on gene therapy? WATCH THIS VIDEO (you'll be ahead of next weeks' conversation!!!). Include specific vocabulary and examples in the paragraph!
Today we checked our Venn diagram comparing mitosis and meiosis, we updated our vocabulary with the terms from last week (meiosis, karyotype, clone, and pedigree), we added Walter Sutton to our GOSATOT, and we explored the affect of nature and nurture on our gene expression... AKA epigenetics. Tomorrow we shall explore more about epigenetics, about twins genomes, about genetic engineering, and more!!!
Today we discussed the processes of meiosis (sex cell formation) compared to mitosis (cell division). We spent the class period creating a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting the purpose, events, phases, and sequence of the processes (page 95 in the notebook if you were absent). Great music. Great videos. AND we added meiosis, karyotype, clone and pedigree to our glossary plus Walter Sutton to the GOSATOT timeline. You have a long weekend ahead to catch up work if you didn't use class time today or have been gone!
Today we reviewed Punnett squares and turned in our Bikini Bottom Genetics worksheet (finish tonight if not yet done!!!). WE ALSO WATCHED THIS TOO!!! Next we began discussing meiosis (textbook page 92-96) and took some notes (attach to page 94 of the notebook). IF you missed class today you should add probability and Punnett squares to your glossary PLUS Reginald Punnett to your Giant of Science timeline (I think you know what he contributed in 1937) in addition to reading about meiosis and printing/writing the notes.
Today we checked our Punnett practice pink pages and then moved on into Bikini Bottom genetics (hello Spongebob!). IF you were absent you need to check with me for the worksheet... I need to see what you know before I move you on to this "swyk" worksheet. We also used the ipads and the Gene Screen app to help us understand more about heredity as well as practice Punnett squares with the app. Tonight we need to finish the Bikini Bottom genetics worksheet if not yet done. Still struggling? Watch this awesome video...
Today we explored the principles of probability in relation to genetics and heredity: Punnett Squares! Your task tonight is to do all the questions on the pink punnett practice worksheet. TRY THEM ALL!!! If you are struggling watch the video below and follow your step by step notes. I would rather you walk in tomorrow with all of the questions attempted though maybe have errors than walk in with no attempt at all! Vocabulary is key to this work! You truly need to know dominant, recessive, alleles, traits, phenotype, genotype, hybrid or heterozygous, purebred or homozygous, as well as incomplete dominance (or codominance)!
Today we explored genotypes and phenotypes with dog genes. If you were absent today you missed a great opportunity to practice genotype (the gene letters) and phenotype (the trait shown/seen). 'Learn Genetics' is an amazing website with great activities (this was one of those activities!) on heredity and genetics. More tomorrow predicting genetic crosses... PUNNETTS! Are you all set with your vocabulary? GET SET!!!
Today we discussed more about the foundations of genetics. Human traits were the topic of the day: single allele traits, multiple allele traits, multiple gene traits. We are complicated and yet dominant and recessive still rules. Thank you Mr. Mendel and your peas. IF you were absent today you can get the vocabulary of X chromosome, Y chromosome, sex linked gene, and carrier from me or someone else on Monday... Scroll back through this weeks' posts for the vocabulary if you need. Otherwise more with genetics next week!!!
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Most science pictures I post are found from assorted Facebook science pages... too numerous to cite specifically and downloaded for "just the right time"... I am sorry for the poor citation example I am setting.
In addition the archives are primarily from my days as a ONLY a life science teacher ... 2020 has changed all that!
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