Explores are activities that are designed to support students in actively collecting and organizing data in order to solve a problem posed by the teacher. These activities should be carried out prior to a lecture or before information regarding the "problem" is given to students. The point is for students to explore these concepts for themselves.
How can parents have children that aren't identical?
This activity is designed to precede an introductory unit on basic pattern of inheritance and genetics. Students will be examining pictures of a family of four and, based on their observations, will be filling out a chart regarding their similarities and differences. Finally, students will answer discussion questions based on the data they took. Overall this activity is meant to be a segue into exploring the concepts of dominant and recessive traits.Cook_GeneticsExplore.docx