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Middle School Genetics Course

Patricia Valdez Certified Teacher
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(182)
This one-semester class explains the genetic complexes found in the cell and what it holds for the future of mankind.

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 8
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. The main goal of this course is to simplify what can be a difficult subject to learn in a project based setting.
I've taught Genetics for over thirty-five years in my Biology and Forensics classes. I would enjoy teaching your child about why it's important to learn about genetics. Their future will be forever changed and they will learn why.
Homework Offered
The classroom is available for any questions or discussion. Homework my be some reading or watching a video that enriches their learning.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
There is a final presentation that is peer accessed by their peers on a topic of their choice. The topic is on something they learned in the course. Upon completion, all students will receive a certificate of completion with a grade if requested at the beginning of the course.
Grades Offered
All lessons require a notebook and pencil to use for note taking.
*Students are not required to enroll in any website membership to do this course. 

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 Punnet 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 Bring three pieces of fruits or vegetables with a sticker from the grocery store. Bring a box of cereal and a bag of chips to class. 

Lesson 15 Materials:  potato, beads of any color, markers,10 toothpicks, pipe cleaners of any color, and makers. 
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Please note that Meiosis deals with the reproductive system. Words referring to the reproductive system will be mentioned in the worksheet or Youtube videos through screen share.
***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. 
An online Textbook will be provided.
If you would like to check out a book on Cloning from the library to investigate this topic further, 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 this course. :)
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(182)
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 eight grandchildren. I am bilingual. I speak both English and Spanish.
I enjoy gardening, upcycling and... 
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for 16 classes
1x per week, 16 weeks
50 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 10-14
3-12 learners per class

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