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Human Genetic Traits


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Keywords: Genetics, Punnett Squares, Biology
Subject(s): Life Science, Biology, Science
Grades 9 through 10
School: Chestatee High School, Gainesville, GA
Planned By: Beth Tallant
Original Author: Beth Tallant, Gainesville
1. Students will exhibit their mastery of setting up and completing Punnett squares by using the tablet to project a solution to a previously assigned problem.

2. Students will research the traits given in the lab to determine if they are dominantly or recessively inherited.

3. Student groups will be assigned to a specific volunteer classroom within the school. They will collect data from each student in their assigned class on a variety of human genetic traits such as widow's peak and hitchhiker's thumb.

4. Student groups will take a picture of each example of the phenotypes present in their classroom, both the dominant and recessive forms.

5. All student groups will then complile their data on a spreadsheet by using the tablet/smart board.

6. The class will then analyze the frequency of each allele in our representative student population.

Cross-Curriculum Ideas
Pair with a statistics class for analysis and AP Biology class for Hardy-Weinburg equilibrium calculations
Links: http://teacherpages.hallco.org/webpages/stallant/index.cfm?subpage=161465
Materials: Mobile Labs, Point and Shoot, Short Throw Projectors, Projector Screens, Scientific, Wacom Tablets, Pen Readers, Flash/USB Drives, Memory Cards, Office Suite, Word Processor, Spreadsheet, Slideshow