Reflection: Modeling A Recipe for Traits - Section 3: Explore


The use of models  is a crucial part of my teaching, as well as a critical Science and Engineering Practice. The use of models allows my students to represent or actually see abstract science concepts that are otherwise difficult to comprehend.  In particular EL learners, due to their limited language proficiency, have a greater challenge when it comes to learning from text-based sources. It is due to this that I turn to kinesthetic activities including models to differentiate instruction for my students.  

In this activity students were able to model a complex concept such as the hierarchical relationship between DNA, genes, chromosomes, and inheritance of traits.  As a result of this activity students learned this process but most importantly build the background knowledge needed when learning about DNA structure in upcoming lessons.

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A Recipe for Traits

Unit 6: Inheritance and Variation
Lesson 11 of 19

Objective: SWBAT explain how DNA is a set of instructions that specifies the traits of an organism.

Big Idea: Students create and decode DNA to observe how variations in DNA lead to inheritance of different traits.

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