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8.5 Genetics
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Why are living things different from one another? This unit on genetics starts out with students noticing and wondering about photos of two cattle, one of whom has significantly more muscle than the other. Students figure out how muscles typically develop as a result of environmental factors such as exercise and diet. Then, they work with cattle pedigrees, including data about chromosomes and proteins, to figure out genetic factors that influence the heavily muscled phenotype and explore selective breeding in cattle.

This unit is part of the OpenSciEd core instructional materials for middle school.

Subject:
Life Science
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Lesson
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Author:
OpenSciEd
Date Added:
02/11/2022
Antibiotic Resistance
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Antibiotics save people’s lives...and make bacteria stronger and more likely to kill us.  What is the best practice to balance these conflicting issues? In this problem-based learning module, the students will be evaluating real-life medical situations in conjunction with actual staff at those institutions and offering action plans to be ‘implemented’ there.  In order to accomplish this, the science unit will be interlocking with social studies and a language arts unit that will have them identifying target audiences and sculpting a way to present their findings.  This unit has the potential to be a full problem-based unit as well as highly interdisciplinary--it’s connected to full units in social studies and language arts which stand alone but can be fully integrated if desired.

Subject:
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Blended Learning Teacher Practice Network
Date Added:
11/21/2017
Budburst Protocol
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The purpose of this resource is to observe budburst on selected trees at a Land Cover or Phenology Site. All students will learn about hummingbird natural history and ecology. Students will learn how to identify and age male and female Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and to observe migration and feeding behavior. Students will learn how to make connections among hummingbird behavior and weather, climate, food availability, seasonality, photoperiod (day length), and other environmental factors.

Subject:
Applied Science
Ecology
Environmental Science
Life Science
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Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
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The GLOBE Program
Author:
The GLOBE Program
University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Date Added:
01/09/2007
Elementary Earth and Space Science Methods
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This book is intended for use by future teachers, written from the perspective of students who have taken Science Methods II. The student authors gathered and created resources to help prospective elementary cience teachers better understand science and feel confident in your abilities as a future teacher.
This book is divided into five parts which align with the Science Methods II course:

Physics
Space Science
Earth Science
Climate Science
Course Materials and Pedagogy

Within each part, the material is broken down into smaller chapters. Here you will find written explanations, video links, glossary terms, key takeaways, and practice quizzes to help you understand the material. This book is designed to be a flexible resource; use it as much or as little as you need throughout the course.

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Education
Elementary Education
Higher Education
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Teaching/Learning Strategy
Textbook
Provider:
University of Iowa
Provider Set:
Iowa Research Online
Author:
Ben Smith
Ella McDonald
Jenny Haley
Rachel Dunn
Ted Neal
Date Added:
01/05/2021
Exploring and explaining germination, growth and development
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A 32-page booklet, containing complete instructions for activities at each life cycle stage. The booklet also includes important background information about plant physiology and how to grow Fast Plants. A Growth, Development and Reproduction kit is available. You can also conduct all the investigations explained in the booklet using seeds from a packet of Standard Wisconsin Fast Plants seeds (or seeds from Fast Plants you grow yourself) and your own potting mix and growing system. Either way, you'll need to plan for providing adequate light. Learn about all these factors in the How to Grow files on this website.

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Date Added:
05/25/2023
Fast Plants Gizmos Simulation
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Sign up for a free account on the Gizmo website (https://www.explorelearning.com/index.cfm?method=Controller.dspFreeAccount) for free access to two simulations that were collaboratively developed by the teams at Explore Learning and the Wisconsin Fast Plants Program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. These simulations replace those previously available on our website that were developed nearly two decades ago and no longer function on modern operating systems. Fast Plants Gizmos were created as a collaboration between ExploreLearning and the Wisconsin Fast Plants Program of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They weredesigned to support many of the experiments that students can do using Fast Plants seeds and plants. By using these Gizmos in combination with firsthand experiences growing Fast Plants, students can compare simulated growth, development and reproduction with observations of living Fast Plants. In addition, the Gizmos genetic simulation makes it possible for students to gather data from a significantly larger plant population than is typically grown in classrooms. These Gizmos also stand alone, supporting topics both in plant life cycles and Mendelian genetics and can be used by any student. Simulation, Simulations, Genetics, Inheritance

Subject:
Genetics
Life Science
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Interactive
Lesson
Simulation
Provider:
Explore Learning
Date Added:
05/25/2023
The Fight for Resources
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Objective:  This hands on activity is designed for middle school students to simulate the competition that occurs between organisms within the same ecosystem. Students will play the role of an organism where they will compete for resources (beads).   Students will collect and analyze data as well as answer conclusion questions.   South Carolina State Science Standards: SC: 7-LS2-1, 7-LS2-2, 7-LS2-4  (Preview Image): "Predator&Prey" by Rathika Ramasamy is licensed under CC BY 2.0  retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/28163014@N00/690266517  

Subject:
Biology
Ecology
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Kimberly Hageman
Date Added:
03/24/2023
Green-Up Protocol
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The purpose of this resource is to observe plant green-up and report data that will be used by scientists to validate satellite estimates of the beginning of the plant growing season. Students monitor budburst and growth of leaves of selected trees, shrubs, or grasses. Species chosen should be native, deciduous, and dominant in your area.

Subject:
Applied Science
Ecology
Environmental Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
GLOBE Teacher's Guide NGSS Aligned Records
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Date Added:
01/09/2007
Is genetic diversity important?
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In this problem-based learning module, students will investigate the importance of genetic diversity will be explored by examining several case studies revealing consequences that can occur in individuals within a limited gene pool and how a variety of genes can lead to the survival of a species. Students will be able to create and interpret information from pedigree charts.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Blended Learning Teacher Practice Network
Date Added:
07/27/2018
Middle School Ecosystem Dynamics & Interactions Unit - Phenomena Found in Agriculture
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What do Prairie Chickens Need in Order to Survive Today's Prairie?

This middle school unit covering ecosystems, animal behavior and symbiosis was developed through the Storyline approach. Middle school students will be figuring out why prairie chickens have a very unique dance and understand the role cows play to help ensure the dance takes place. Using this approach, students engage in science concepts to help ensure the survival of the prairie chicken.

Subject:
Agriculture
Applied Science
Biology
Career and Technical Education
Ecology
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Unit of Study
Date Added:
10/02/2020
Mind Your Own Beeswax Lesson by Agriculture in the Classroom
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Looking for a project for middle school-age students? This project-based learning experience will allow students to solve the problem of excess beeswax, a byproduct of honey bees, by developing a useful beeswax product and marketing their product to be sold in a local boutique or farmers market. This is a great way to drum up business and interest with students and the community in preparation for starting your own Bee Club! This lesson has step-by-step instructions and how-to documents to help the educator facilitate the process.  

Subject:
Education
Elementary Education
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
The Bee Cause Project
Date Added:
12/22/2020
Mosquito! How Can We Ensure Health For All From Mosquito-borne Diseases?
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Mosquito! is a freely available community research guide developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC) in partnership with the InterAcademy Partnership as part of the Smithsonian Science for Global Goals project. These Smithsonian Science for Global Goals community research guides use the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as a framework to focus on sustainable actions that are defined and implemented by students.

Mosquito! is a module broken up into seven parts. Each part contains a series of tasks to complete. Each task contains additional resources to support that task. We have provided a suggested order for the parts and tasks. However, the structure of the guide hopefully allows you to customize your learning experience by selecting which parts, tasks, and resources you would like to utilize and in what order you would like to complete them.

Subject:
Applied Science
Health, Medicine and Nursing
Life Science
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Lesson
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Author:
InterAcademy Partnership
Smithsonian Science Education Center
Date Added:
04/30/2021
Nature's Partners Curriculum and Educator's Guide
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As part of our continued commitment to education, the team at The Bee Cause Project has created this companion document, Educator’s Curriculum Guide, to supplement the Nature’s Partners curriculum.Our Tips from the Hive are designed to add layers of concept extensions, optional digital methods of delivering content, and support to educators that are either brand new or experienced environmental educators. The Buzz Worthy Resource Materials are video links, notable articles, and more printable resources, while the Bee Cause Book Club highlights recommended readings for students of all ages. Several titles have quality read-aloud links as well.

Subject:
Biology
Education
Elementary Education
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Game
Lesson Plan
Module
Simulation
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Author:
The Bee Cause Project
Date Added:
12/07/2020
Reproduction
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In this activity, the learner explores various ways in which organisms reproduce. The learner discusses the role that reproduction plays in the cycle of life. By watching short videos and participating in follow-up discussion: 1. They observe that no individual organism lives forever and in order to continue species, organisms must pass their genetic instructions on to the next generation. 2. They learn that organisms reproduce asexually, by dividing and producing two identical copies of themselves. 3. They learn that many plants reproduce sexually, often using complex strategies that have evolved over millions of years. 4. They explore the pros and cons of asexual and sexual reproduction and the reasons both strategies persist.

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Lecture
Provider:
National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)
Provider Set:
NGSS@NSTA
Date Added:
10/12/2015
STC Genes and Molecular Machines, Four Families Phenomenon
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This resource is a phenomenon-based adaption to the Smithsonian's STCMS Genes and Molecular Machines kit. The anchoring phenomenon event features four families (apple, hydra, human and sea star). Students will investigate and explore the genetic causes of why some families look similar and others look different. Students will use models to explain their thinking throughout the intentional sequence of lessons.

Subject:
Biology
Genetics
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Assessment
Lesson Plan
Date Added:
06/18/2019
Science Inquiry Map
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Download and print this colorful "Science Inquiry Map" Poster featuring the web of inquiry processes as described by the Five Essential Features of Inquiry from the National Science Education Standards. In addition, the model of inquiry described by the Five Essential Features aligns directly with the Science Practices described in the Next Generation Science Standards. Generally, this poster is used by elementary and middle-school teachers to support learners in being metacognitive about what science practices are in the foreground of their current work during an investigation.

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Lesson
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Author:
Amy Kelley
Daniel W. Lauffer
Hedi Baxter Lauffer
Date Added:
05/25/2023
Structures and Functions Matching Cards Activity
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This activity is designed for teaching the functions of basic plant structures. The activity uses two types of matching cards containing either a) Structures - depictions of plant structures b) Functions - descriptions of the function of plant structures  Using the downloadable PDF (including instructions for printing) you can make one set of cards per student or per student group, and students can cut out their own cards.  This activity can stand on its own, or if  you are teaching the Investigating Brassicas Around the World lesson, you can extend this activity by instructing students to match their Structure/Function pairs with the Brassica vegetables they observed in the lesson.  This activity can also be used to begin a discussion about how plant breeding focuses on different plant structures, which has contributed to the variation we observe in different Brassica vegetables.

Subject:
Biology
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
Wisconsin Fast Plants Program
Author:
Hedi Baxter Lauffer
Jackson Hetue
Date Added:
05/25/2023
Using GLOBE Data to Analyze Land Cover
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The purpose of the resource is to develop hypotheses about which environmental factors are most important to plants.

Subject:
Applied Science
Ecology
Environmental Science
Life Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Homework/Assignment
Interactive
Lesson Plan
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Provider:
UCAR Staff
Provider Set:
GLOBE Teacher's Guide NGSS Aligned Records
Author:
The GLOBE Program, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
Date Added:
01/09/2007
What Makes us Human?
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In this problem-based, blended learning mondule, students will investigate what is the single - most defining trait that makes  us human? Is it our highly developed speech, our imagination, creativity, or our upright walking posture?  Humans have mastered fire, developed tools, art, music, recorded our history, and accomplished a countless number of other things. In this module, students will explore genetics concepts regarding inheritance, natural selection, biology of the human brain, and our hominid evolution over the last two hundred thousand years. Students will utilize guided research, and independent work to formulate an argumentative essay, and substantiating their claim with evidence from their research. When the argumentative essay is completed, students will create a project from a choice board that demonstrates their understanding of one of the concepts of our humanity.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Author:
Blended Learning Teacher Practice Network
Date Added:
07/27/2018