Today we checked our practice worksheet #1-4 and did many more practice Punnetts AND completed the worksheet. Tomorrow is the SWYK on genetics thus far. Do you have all the vocab for reference? Be sure you do! Vocabulary: chromosome, DNA and RNA, mutation, gene, genome, genetics, alleles, dominant and recessive, traits, fertilization, purebred, hybrid, heredity, genotype, phenotype, heterozygous, homozygous, codominance, Punnett Squares, and probability. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you may want to spend a little time reviewing how to do Punnett Squares AND finish up that worksheet. SWYK is tomorrow!
Today we learned how the mathematical principles of probability can be used to predict results of genetic crosses. We took notes on how to use a Punnett Square AND we practiced Punnetts. Homework tonight is to complete #1-4 (only front side) of the Punnett practice worksheet. Tomorrow we shall check our work, figure out what mistakes we are making (if any), and finish the practice page along with many more Punnetts! IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY print or copy the notes on page 89 of the notebook AND grab a worksheet from me during HomeBase (or print one!). Practice makes perfect Punnetts! (so does this)
Today we explored how randomly genes can code for traits. We did an activity where we drew a dog based on randomly selected genes. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you can come during study hall or lunchtime to make a doggie! All students should keep up on vocabulary: chromosome, DNA and RNA, mutation, gene, genome, genetics, alleles, dominant and recessive, traits, fertilization, purebred, hybrid, and heredity. You might even add phenotype and genotype after today's dog lab! Tomorrow we do Punnetts.
Today we explored some human traits. We are a tad more complicated than pea plants however we still have dominant and recessive traits. Tomorrow we continue with more genetics. Tonight is a good night to catch up on vocabulary. So far we should have chromosome, DNA and RNA, mutation, gene, genome, genetics, alleles, dominant and recessive, traits, fertilization, purebred, hybrid, and heredity. Add phonetic spelling and illustration or examples with your definitions! IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you should come check out a book for reading (today we read pages 110-112) and vocab work in your glossary.
Today we reviewed all the concepts of inheritance from Mendel's experiments and had work time to get vocabulary terms in our notebook glossary. So far we should have chromosome, DNA and RNA, mutation, gene, genome, and genetics as well as added alleles, dominant and recessive, traits, fertilization, purebred, hybrid, and heredity. Add phonetic spelling and illustration or examples with your definitions! IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you will definitely need to check out a book to do some catching up!
Today we began concepts and vocabulary of inheritance. We read about Gregor Mendel and his pea plant experiments. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you will need to read pages 76-81 of the Cells and Heredity textbook. You will answer the end of section questions in your notebook page 88 (or on loose leaf). We did notes as we read today so you need to read and answer questions to create notes! If you don't have a book checked out make sure to check one out when you are back (or come in during lunch/study hall).
Today we shared our Indian Why Stories and began our unit on genetics and heredity. The genome is all the DNA of an organism... all the recipes in code to make proteins for every living thing. The human genome was sequenced in 2003 (yep... added to GOSATOT) and we continue to discover more about our genome. Tomorrow each class will be either starting notes, catching up notes, or reinforcing ideas we started today. IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you will either get caught up in class OR will have some catching up to do tomorrow evening. Not done with your Creation Story yet? Finish up tonight!
Today we began our own Indian Why story to explain how something has come to be... ie: how leopard got his spots or how porcupine has sharp quills (NOT science's story of DNA, mutation, evolution, and adaptation but rather a creative story of your own design).
Remember the native story telling tradition gives human qualities to animals and often will have Old Man or Elder Brother or Sister Earth involved in the drama. Be sure the story has interest: develop characters, have rising action, climax/conflict, resolving action. Will you follow oral story tradiotion to share out loud?
IF YOU MISSED CLASS TODAY you will be delighted by stories tomorrow.
Most science pictures I post are found from assorted Facebook science pages... too numerous to cite specifically and downloaded for "just the right time"... sorry for the poor citation example I am setting...
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