Reflection: Diverse Entry Points Tour the Basics - Section 4: Tour the Basics Quest


Because of the ubiquitous nature of genetics topics in the news and popular TV shows, students come with a multitude of ideas about what this is all about. The purpose of presenting the Tour the Basics interactive is to begin to develop a common language and understanding. 

I chose to use this interactive in order to provide the concept definitions and have students relate to them in the multi-media format they prefer. No student wants to receive a vocabulary list and be asked to write down definitions. What they do not actually realize is that I am asking them to do just that. 

Now, this is not to say that this is the only time the vocabulary will be discussed. Each of the ideas will be gone over in detail as we proceed through the unit, and the Tour the Basics sheet ends up becoming a tool for students go back to as needed to clarify concepts and ideas.


  Guided Interactives
  Diverse Entry Points: Guided Interactives
Loading resource...

Tour the Basics

Unit 6: Genetics
Lesson 1 of 14

Objective: Students will be able to explain basic concepts related to genetics (DNA, genes, chromosomes)

Big Idea: How do genes influence how organisms look and function?

  Print Lesson
67 teachers like this lesson
Similar Lessons
Have Your DNA and Eat It Too!
7th Grade Science » Genetics
Big Idea: What is DNA?
Hope, IN
Environment: Rural
Deborah Gaff
Desert Dwellers (2 Day Lesson)
6th Grade Science » Zoology
Big Idea: Wildlife populations are not static. They constantly fluctuate in response to a variety of stimulating and limiting factors. Populations of animals are continually changing in order to maintain equilibrium in an ecosystem.
Scottsdale, AZ
Environment: Suburban
Melodie Brewer
Proteins in the Brain, Body and Nutrition: A Neurological Trifecta! (Day 1 of 2)
High School Science » Genetics and the Brain
Big Idea: In general, genes and proteins have a linear relationship that dictates the general welfare of human body systems.
Charlotte, NC
Environment: Urban
Tamica Stubbs
Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload