Reflection: Student Ownership Mendel Figures Out Dominance - Section 1: Hook

 

In my classroom I have several students that are very interested in coding and gaming, so it was not surprising when gaming analogies started to pop up in the class definitions:

  • Homozygous: Game franchise based on the same characters (Super Mario and Super Mario World.
  • Heterozygous: Game that has characters from different games (Super Smash Bros).
  • Dominant trait: First evolution in Monster Camp mob.
  • Recessive trait: Second evolution in Monster Camp mob.
  • Phenotype: What the user sees/plays.
  • Genotype: The code behind a game - What the developer writes.

 

Although I did need some explanation of their analogies to determine whether they were valid, the notion that my gamers continued the conversation outside of the classroom in order to make sense of the new ideas in more familiar territory, and were excited enough to share their discoveries with the class, helped the rest of the students make sense of the concepts. This is why I not only allow, but encourage these types of interactions. Students are developing their own understanding and owning their learning.

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Mendel Figures Out Dominance

Unit 6: Genetics
Lesson 5 of 14

Objective: Students will follow in Mendel's footsteps and be able to determine dominance of different traits using a virtual lab.

Big Idea: A simple test can be used to explain big ideas.

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