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Genes at Work
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Using online content from INNOVATION, the Web companion piece to Thirteen/WNET's three-part PBS series, students will investigate how dominant traits, genes, and DNA determine the physical characteristics of a subject. The lesson focuses on stories in Program 1 of INNOVATION: Sifting the Genes of Life and Death, A Genetic Rescue for a Tattered Immune System, and The Making of a New Egg. Students will identify dominant and recessive traits, make predictions about the physical characteristics of a chosen subject, and make a prognosis on the health of the subject. Students will chart the genetic characteristics of two sets of parents, answering questions about the potential genetic makeup of their progeny.

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Subject Matter:

Biology, Genetics, Probability, DNA Studies

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Identify dominant genetic characteristics.
  • Identify recessive genetic characteristics.
  • Use scientific method to solve problems.
  • Describe factors that affect genetic characteristics.
  • Describe the role of genetics in the characteristics of offspring.

    This lesson was funded by the Louis Calder Foundation.