Genes at Work
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.
Biology, Genetics, Probability, DNA Studies
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
This lesson was funded by the Louis Calder Foundation.