by Fred Goerisch
Hyde Park Middle School, Las Vegas, NV
12.1 TSW describe the structure of DNA and explain
where it is found.
12.2 TSW explain that DNA contains genetic material
12.3 TSW explain that one or more genes have the
information for various characteristics or traits.
12.4 TSW describe Mendel’s experiment with peas.
12.5 TSW distinguish between dominant and recessive
12.6 TSW predict offspring’s phenotype and genotype
12.7 TSW explain how new varieties of cultivated
plants and domestic animals have resulted from selective breeding for
12.8 TSW explain that mutations can occur naturally
and may be harmful or helpful to the survival of a species.
12.9 TSW recognize that mutations over long periods
of time can result in a new species.
12.10 TSW recognize that the scientific community debates how much
inheritance influences characteristics and behavior.
12.11 TSW recognize that different species live where they can best
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS: Complete one “layer” before going on to another
layer. Each assignment has a point value based on the amount of time
and effort necessary to complete that task. You must earn the required
number of points in any one layer before moving to the next layer. Be
prepared to discuss and answer questions about each of your
assignments. Failure to do this will result in no credit for that
assignment. You will be awarded points by your teacher based upon your
ability to discuss and answer questions about your work. When
appropriate, you may work with a partner or partners, but you must be
able to answer the teacher’s questions without any assistance.
Section 1. Basic Understanding 75 pts (C): 60 pts needed to move to the
next Section. This (C) layer must be completed before beginning the (B)
5pts._____1. Attend Lecture; take notes and do the worksheets on
Mitosis and Meiosis.
5pts._____ 2. Read and take notes p128-135. Do review Q1-5
5pts._____ 3. Review, take notes on Scilinks.org HSTL130 or HSTL135
5pts._____ 4. See Video Discover Magazine “Genetics” take notes
5pts._____ 5. Do Activity “Replicating DNA”
5pts._____ 6. Read and take notes p92-95. Do review Q1-4
5pts._____ 7. See Video “Mitosis” 2.5, Double Helix 2.5, & We are
all Heirs 3.1 take notes
5pts._____ 8. Do DNA Crossword Puzzle
5pts._____ 9. Visit Scilinks.org, Select HSTL 090 and report on one:
DNA intro, DNA replications, DNA Genes, DNA Detail.
5pts._____ 10. Write 7 sentences about Genetics-in a language other
5pts._____ 11. Do the activity on p106.
5pts._____ 12. Make a vocabulary book with 16 words from this unit
5pts _____ 13. Read and take notes P106-113. Do Review Q1-3
5pts______14. Read & take notes P114-119. Do Review Q1-3. Do
Self Check 1-4 on P117.
5pts______15. Do Activity “Vocabulary Garden”
THE LAYER “C” LEVEL IS COMPLETE________________DATE_______
SECTION 2. Application/Analysis level (B) 140pts: 110pts to move to A
10pts____16. Do the activity “Punnent Square”
10pts____17. Do the activity “Pure Gold”
10pts____18. Do the activity “Should That Dog be Called Spot?”
10pts____19. Do the activity “What Color is the Pod?”
10pts____ 20. Do the activity “History of Genetics”
10pts____ 21. Do the activity “Genetics and Probability”
10pts____ 22. Do “Transparent Traits” Activity
10pts____ 23. Do Activity “The Cell in Action”
10pts____ 24. Do Activity “Heredity”
10pts____ 25. Do the Lab. “Probable Situation”
10pts____ 26. Do the lab “Variations on the Human Face”
10pts____ 27. Do the lab “Skittles”
10pts____ 28. Do the Review & Reinforcement “Chromosomes”
10pts____ 29. Do “What Would You Do?”
THE LAYER “B” LEVEL IS COMPLETE_________________DATE______
Section 3, Synthesis/Evaluation level (A) 120pts, 40pts necessary to
complete the level (A) of the Genetics and Heredity Unit.
40pts____ 30. Select one from the following topics:
a. cloning b.
gene therapy c. human genome project
Prepare a formal research paper about the following;
1. Explain the topic.
2. Why is there controversy surrounding your topic?
3. What is the value of this research to the world?
4. What are the ethical issues involved?
40pts____ 31. Research the answers to the following questions:
1. What are mutations?
2. How are mutations caused?
3. Describe three types of mutations.
4. How do mutations affect protein synthesis?
5. Can mutations be helpful or are they always bad?
40pts_____ 32. Select a hereditary disease. Prepare a research paper
demonstrating your understanding of that disease and its genetic
THE LAYER “A” LEVEL IS COMPLETE_______________DATE_______
From the list of “113” performance assessments design and complete a
performance assessment that clearly demonstrates your understanding of
Genetics and Heredity. This project is due one week from the end of
this unit. Take your Standardized exam. Turn in your Portfolio by the
due date of the 113.