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Science & Nature

High School Genetics

This semester's credit class explains the genetic complexities found in the cell and what it holds for the future of mankind. It is a credit course for homeschooled students or for general enrichment.
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This class is taught in English.
The goal is for the student to familiarize themselves with the origin of Genetics and the vocabulary used in the study of Genetics. Also, how we are using Genetics in medicine and developing better crops. They will also learn how we will be able to use it in the future. But the main goal of this course is to simplify what can be a difficult subject to learn.
I've taught Genetics for over thirty-five years in my Biology and Forensics class. I would enjoy teaching your child about why it's important to learn about genetics. 
Students will do their homework individually. However, that doesn't mean they cannot ask their peers for help. The classroom is available for any questions or discussion. Homework on average will be 1-2 hours long depending on the students reading ability. Reading may require twenty pages however this is not for every single week. Once I meet my student/ or students, I will gauge their abilities and assign homework accordingly.
All lessons require a notebook and pencil to use for note taking. Lesson 2 Lab 1 Materials needed: 3 different color paper, glue stick, markers, and scissors Let's create a cell. Use three different color papers; one for each part of the cell. Cut out the template with scissors, glue together, and label the parts of the cell. Lab 2 Materials needed: 2 slices of bread, peanut butter (any kind) and jelly We will make a model of the plasma membrane by making a P and J sandwich. Lesson 3 Materials needed: gummy bears or gumdrops (if neither; four different colors of playdoh can work) and a box of toothpicks. We will be building a double helix. Lesson 4 Materials: 3 large frozen or fresh strawberries, sandwich size ziplock bag, salt, Clear Dawn or 7th Generation dishwashing liquid seem to work the best, COLD 70% -90% isopropyl alcohol, coffee filters, a small funnel or strainer, a spoon, a cup, and a toothpick. Measuring spoons and cups will be needed to measure ingredients. Lesson 5 Materials: Whiteboard or paper; writing tool Students will learn to do a Punnett square. They will need their worksheet to read the genetic problem, they will be solving. Lesson 6 Materials: Students will need to print out the templates for Mitosis. They will need two different color yarn or pipe cleaner pieces that are one inch in length. They need about 10 of each color. For Meiosis we will use two different color markers. Print the following: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1A2Nsg22-CZ1JPm_vLLp-Qlif2qna7jGqpn4NMa6upaM/edit?usp=sharing Lesson 7 Materials: 2 different markers and Meiosis template. Lesson 8 Materials: Whiteboard or paper; writing tool Students will learn to do a Punnett square. They will need their worksheet to read the genetic problem, they will be solving. Lesson 9 Materials: pipe cleaners, scissors, a sheet of computer paper, and tape. Lesson 10 Materials: a sheet of paper, bubble straw, pipe cleaners, scotch tape, and cardboard. Lesson 11 Materials: gummy bears, marshmallows, or gumdrops, and a box of toothpicks Lesson 12 Materials: Notebook and pencil. Lesson 13 Materials: Sketch pad, pencil, pink, blue, and purple markers. Lesson 14 Materials: potato, beads of any color, markers,10 toothpicks, pipe cleaners of any color, and makers.
Student homework and participation is what their progress is assessed by. I always tell my students that they have an A+ at the start of class. So keeping that A+ requires they do their homework. I occasionally ask oral questions to check their understanding. There is no final review. However, there is a final presentation that is peer accessed. Topics are about what we learned in this course.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 0 - 1 hours per week outside of class.
Please note that Meiosis deals with the reproductive system. Words referring to the reproductive system will be mentioned in the worksheet or Youtube videos.
***There is a possibility that we may discuss how manipulating Genetics can be beneficial or harmful to our environment or society. 
Topics will be human cloning and designer babies. 

Online Textbook https://www.mruchime.com/biology/textbook/
If you would like to check out a book on Cloning from the library to further investigate this topic, there is a book by Great Medical Discoveries Series "Cloning" by Don Nardo copyright 2002. This would be a great book to read during or after taking this course. :)


Patricia Valdez Certified Teacher
Lives in the United States
Energetic + Optimistic + Homeschool + Gardener + Science Lover + Young at Heart
157 total reviews
209 completed classes

About Me

Hello, My name is Patricia Valdez. I love teaching! 

I am a wife. I have four sons (who were homeschooled all the way thru to high school) and seven grandchildren. I am bilingual. I speak both English and Spanish.
I enjoy gardening, upcycling and... 
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