Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Mendelian Genetics - Section 2: Presentation with Guided Notes


"Guided notes promote active engagement during lecture or independent reading, provide full and accurate notes for use as a study guide, and help students to identify the most important information covered (Heward, 2001)."

This lesson covers a lot of material, which is why I thought the use of guided notes would be appropriate. I wanted to ensure the students were not passively reading and watching the animations, but actually interacting with the material and gathering the needed information.

The interactive visualizations and short reading passages presented in the DNA from the Beginning site give the students the perfect way to "chunk" the material, without being overwhelming, while the completion of the notes give them a space to make meaning of what was covered. The concepts will be discussed more in depth as we move through the unit, so the guided notes become the perfect scaffold to introduce concepts and provide students with an organized format to continue their learning quest.

  Guided Notes - a bridge between the students and new concepts
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Guided Notes - a bridge between the students and new concepts
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Mendelian Genetics

Unit 6: Genetics
Lesson 4 of 14

Objective: SWBAT explain Mendel's theory of inheritance

Big Idea: Who was Gregor Mendel?

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