Genetic Inheritance of Generic Disorders and The Interdependence of Body Systems

Kim Mayes, Science, McClintock Middle

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


In this 5E unit students will engage with genetics and human biology in the depth and breadth of standards 7.L.1 and 7.L.2. Students will work in collaboration to construction a comprehension understanding of the human body within the context of genetic inheritance. Student will receive direct instruction to prompt basic understanding and then be prompted in the extend and evaluate phase of 5E to demonstrate high level understanding of their learning. The use of scenarios challenges students to think critically about their learning. Ultimately, students will be challenged to demonstrate their understanding through collective research and the creation of labs and assessments for their peers. This unit also contains a science as social justice piece as students are asked to create a functional and content accurate resource page for people effected but the genetic disorders mentioned. This unit is in full alignment to depth and breadth of standard(s) tagged. This unit clear learning objectives that are achievable through completion of this resource. Has clear assessment strategies that will accurately measure student understanding of genetics and pedigrees and alternative student led summative assessment of human body systems.