You may have noticed there is a lot to do in the Heredity Brainpop!!! Remember there are tons of supporting links, notes, videos on the materials page I added to Google Classroom. Use them!!! AND you still can email/comment me to get answers anytime!!!
By the way ... Punnett Squares were developed by a fella named Reginald Punnett (yep ... GOSATOT).
Okay ... here comes more work. BRAINPOP HEREDITY will help to explain how to use Punnett Squares in predicting traits. The "materials list" I added to Google Classroom will give you resources for support you if you have questions including some notes. Hopefully you notice that just like in my actual Kalispell Middle School classroom we review the same topic over and over in various ways to reinforce learning... I'm trying to do the same here with distance learning (and it is quite a lot I know). You still can email/comment to me for answers!!!
You should have all your mutations work done (the FIRST Brainpop task last week), your Genetics Introduction work (Google Classroom Mendel survey from last week as well) and now the SECOND Brainpop task Genetics Review should be done. Be sure you are adding two extra vocabulary terms and do better with descriptive sentences for your glossary!!! By the way here is an interesting New York times article about treating Sickle Cell disease (caused by a mutation in a gene).
Remember TOMORROW I will add new content to our genetics work... check classroom for what exactly to do!
Part 2 of The Gene is on PBS tonight 7 pm!!! YOU genuinely are missing out if you haven't watched.
I will not lie: this week is going to be a challenge. The first two days this week are for review and then we will get into some new work on Wednesday. I will overwhelm you with TONS of resources: links to support your learning ... videos ... music ... and more!
But first, we have Brainpop work to do: genetics review AND mutations (login to G Suite for Education). I will add another Brainpop mid-week about heredity and learning to make predictions for inheritance (be ready for a SWYK next week). I'm getting Powerschool up to date today with Genetics MUTATIONS work as well as the Genetics Introduction task about Mendel's peas. As always email/comment ANYTIME you need support!
SINCE WE MISSED CLASS THIS WEEK we had a lot of independent learning to do at home. This week we reviewed about mutations (mistakes in genetic code) and learned about Mendel's contribution in studying heredity. Check Google Classroom for the mutations Brainpop work AND Mendel's work. As always, email me (or comment in the assignment) and I'll get back to you pronto!
We certainly learned a lot of vocabulary this week! Next week we will focus on vocab AND add more learning about heredity. We will add genetics, DNA, RNA, mutations, heredity, genes, chromosomes, and dominant and recessive traits to your glossary (I added another Brainpop task to the classroom stream ... Genetics Review ... due NEXT week tho). Feel free to get started!
How about a genes Bill Nye then? THIS WEEK IS ALL ABOUT GENETICS and you have many resources/activities to support your learning (plus you can always email/comment to me if you need to). I have updated PowerSchool again so if something is marked as missing or incomplete you know what to wrap up. I sure hope you are taking advantage of the gorgeous spring weather and are getting outside a bit instead of spending all day in front of a screen. Maybe you are even planting PEAS in your gardens!!! Mendel wannabe?
Today is another day to get into genetics. SINCE WE ALL MISSED CLASS TODAY we need to check Google Classroom for the work to do. I posted a question today about last night's documentary: The Gene AND you still may have work to finish up with Brainpop or Mendel. PowerSchool is up to date and will show you if I have your assignments or if they are still missing/incomplete. Email me with any questions please!!! BTW LEARN GENETICS is an amazing site to explore about traits, DNA, protein synthesis, and all things genetics.
Reminder that you have work to do in Google Classroom: One is the mutations work from pre-break (login to Brainpop link with G-suite); the other is to learn about Gregor Mendel's work with peas.
Tonight at 7 pm on PBS you can watch Part 1 of Ken Burns' The Gene. Below are some trailer teasers from the show (pretty perfect timing with our work for the week). Next Tuesday is Part 2 of the series. What a great time to bring the family in on the science work for April! You can explore THIS LINK FOR THE GENE EXPLAINED (has some great little animation videos which discuss genes ... and jelly donuts!)
Thank goodness Mendel's work helped clarify some ideas. But of course DNA's discovery explained more... SINCE WE MISSED CLASS TODAY we have more learning to do at home. Some of you need to finish mutations work from before break. There was a Brainpop task to do (video, SWYK, and vocabulary) plus you can review the notes and videos I posted if you visit the blog link from before break.
After you complete this mutations/DNA/RNA review work you can get started with Mendel and heredity. Check Google Classroom for the Brainpop work AND this new week of work for science. As always, email me (or comment on your MMM document) and I'll get back to you pronto! Be well kids!!!
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