Genetics Lesson Template

About This Template

This template supports the Genetics Learning Challenge Winners in designing and authoring their proposed lesson ideas for how they are reimagining the way we teach and study genetics. Select any starting point from the steps below to begin building your lesson.

Lesson Abstract

Identify Lesson Themes

Identify Your Lesson Themes

To Do
Enter your lesson themes below.



Choose Your Standards to Address

Choose Your Standards

To Do
Enter your standards below.

Related Resources

Next Generation Science Standards

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics 

Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts


Write Your Learning Objectives

To Do
Tie your learning objectives to the specific standards you want to address by answering: What must the student know and be able to do to meet the content standard? Enter your learning objectives below.


To Do
If working across subjects, write the learning objectives that are specific to each discipline, and enter them below.


 Related Resources
Tips for Writing Student Learning Outcomes - IUPUI


Student Tasks

To Do
Write up what the students will be doing for this lesson and provide examples (images, videos, documents) of student work.



Develop Your Culminating Learning Experience

To Do
Develop your summative tasks with your team, and answer: How will the culminating tasks provide for summative assessment of the standards targeted and the skills and knowledge developed during the lesson? Enter your summative assessment(s) below.

 Related Resources

Graphic Organizer Assessment Rubric

ASCD Common Core: Assessment Shifts

Selecting Texts for Teaching and Assessing


Consider Pre-Requisite Learning

To Do
Make a list of the background knowledge and prerequisite skills that your students will need to succeed in the lesson/unit. Enter your list below.


 To Do
Use the following guiding questions to develop your pre-assessment approach with your teaching team:

  • How might students’ background and skills be pre-assessed to determine their readiness for learning?
  • How will the pre-assessment reveal gaps in students’ knowledge in alignment with our selected standards and learning objectives?
  • How will we use pre assessment data to revise our teaching and challenge students at an appropriate level?       

Enter your pre-assessment approach below.

 Related Resources

Pre-Assessment Strategies


Organize Instructional Activities

To Do
Determine with your team the sequence of your instructional activities. Use the following, guiding questions:

  • How should major instructional activities be sequenced to provide a coherent progression of learning?
  • How are learning activities designed and sequenced to develop students’ literacy and emphasize the key areas of focus (shifts) in instruction?
  • In what ways does the instructional sequence prepare students for the summative assessment?

 List your instructional activities below, organized sequentially. Add notes about length of time for each activity, or for the lesson overall, as well as the preparation and materials needed for each activity. Consider adding notes about specific strategies for diverse learners including those who are ELL, have disabilities, or read well below (or above) the grade level text band.



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