7th Grade Life Science
Chestnut Log Middle School
Essential Questions: 1)
Why do I look like I do? 2) How do crime scene investigators
use DNA? 3) How can a doctor determine disorders before
birth? 4) What are the advantages and disadvantages of genetic
engineering? 5) Why do farmers genetically alter crops?
6) How does your environment affect your hereditary traits?
7) Why are there so many different types of tomatoes? 8)
How do seedless plants reproduce? 9) Why is my hair (eyes,
etc) color different from my parents?
Standard S7L3: Students will recognize how biological traits
are passed on to successive generations.
DIRECTIONS: Each assignment has a point value based on the
amount of time and effort necessary to complete that task.
You will be rewarded points for each completed assignment based
on your ability to discuss and answer questions about your work
with your teacher. Starred assignments (*) MUST be completed.
You may choose others to complete needed points in each “layer”.
The Unit is worth 600 points.
C Level Assignments (25
points each) (Must complete 8 items for 200 points)
______ 1. *”Before You Read” activity, Page
______ 2. * Notetaking Worksheet, using pages 126-132.
______ 3. * Draw a diagram of Meiosis (P129) with labels.
______ 4. * Write a paragraph describing what takes place
______ 5. Video and Questions “Genes and Heredity”
______ 6. * Make flashcards or a foldable for the 11 vocabulary
______ 7. Complete Bikini Bottom Genetics (see teacher)
______ 8. Complete Baby Steps through the Punnett Square
______ 9. Complete Math Skills Activity, P131.
______10. Create a graphic organizer that compares and contrasts
sexual and asexual reproduction in each of the 6 kingdoms.
______11. Complete the Genetics worksheet (see teacher)
______12. Complete the DNA worksheet (see teacher)
B Level Assignments
(50 points each) (Complete 6 items for 300 points)
______ 13. * Lab: Predicting Results w/Questions &
______ 14. * Create a graphic organizer to compare/contrast
Meiosis & Mitosis.
______ 15. Genetics Traits Activity (In folder)
______ 16. Who’s Right? Activity (in folder)
______ 17. * Breeding Critters Activity (See teacher)
______ 18. Toothpick Fish Activity
______ 19. Create a model of a DNA strand with labels.
______ 20. Grow a plant asexually. Share with
A Level Assignment ( Choose
and complete 1 for 100 points) (Must use the A level assignment
______21. You are a genetic engineer and have been given
the task of creating a better tomato. You will design the
process, define how the product is better, and describe how the
funds will be allocated. You may work with a partner to
research, plan, and decide on a budget and how the money will
be spent. You must give a presentation to the board of directors
and convince them to approve your budget.
______22. Select one of the following topics. Research
the topic and write a 1-page typed paper giving a summary and
Be prepared to present the information to the class or
a. Cloning b. Gene therapy c. Human genome
project d. a genetic disease or disorder.
______23. Find and bring in a current event article on Genetics/Heredity.
Share it with the class. Write a 1-page summary and response,
______24. Research and be prepared to debate the pros and
cons of genetic cloning in front of the class.
(for 15 extra points)
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