Diving into the Gene Pool Unit


This free downloadable PDF will guide you through teaching your students the Diving into the Gene Pool Unit. These materials are provided at no charge but donations are gladly accepted.

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Ever hear the phrase ‘Like father like son?’ In this unit, students learn all about how they inherit their looks, height, size and chemical make-up from their parents! They’ll also meet the amazing 19th century scientist, Gregor Mendel, who used short and tall pea plants to study heredity and have fun with Punnett who mapped out how Mendel did it. They’ll construct an edible DNA double helix and make and match bonds before playing with “Doggone DNA” in order to create and decode a “DNA recipe” for their own man’s best friend to observe how variations in DNA lead to the inheritance of different traits. *Note: additional extension activities are available for this unit.


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