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SEPUP Texas Edition, Science Grade 7, Genetics Unit

SEPUP Texas Edition, Science Grade 7, Genetics Unit


Have you ever wondered why some children look very much like their biological parents while others look completely different? Why doesn’t a child look like a simple blend of his or her parents? Why do some siblings look so different? In this unit, students will begin to find answers to these questions. Because many of the same principles apply to all organisms, students will study humans and other organisms as well.

Content in SEPUP Texas Edition, Science Grade 7, Genetics Unit is organized into 10 activities, as follows:

Activity Title Activity Type Activity Overview
34. Investigating Human Traits investigation Students investigate traits for six human characteristics to begin a discussion of human variation and heredity. They learn that traits can be inherited, environmentally acquired, or created by a combination of hereditary and environmental factors. When students graph their data they see human variation patterns.
35. Plants Have Genes, Too! Laboratory Students germinate seeds that are the offspring of plants bred from true-breeding green and pale yellow strains of flowering tobacco. By predicting and then quantifying the colors of the offspring plants, students obtain genetic data for analysis.
36. Reproduction Reading Asexual and sexual reproduction are introduced. Differences between the two prepare students to understand the mechanisms of heredity in sexually reproducing organisms.
37. Creature Features Modeling Students develop hypotheses to explain the behavior of genes in a story about zoo scientists breeding imaginary creatures. They use models to evaluate how well the hypotheses fit additional evidence about the critter offspring.
38. Gene Combo investigation Students use a coin-tossing simulation to model the pattern of inheritance exhibited by many single-gene traits, including the critter tail-color characteristic. They relate this model to the hypotheses they developed in Activity 37, “Creature Features.” The activity provides them with a framework within which to interpret Mendel’s results (presented in Activity 39, “Mendel, First Geneticist”) and their own seed-germination results (analyzed in Activity 42, “Analyzing Genetic Data.”)
39. Mendel, First Geneticist Reading A reading describes Mendel’s experiments with pea plants. Students relate the rules discovered by Mendel in his analysis of pea plant crosses to their findings about critter genes. The reading introduces the idea that basic concepts discovered in working with one type of organism (for example, pea plants) can often be generalized to other organisms or groups (such as humans). Students also consider the scientific approaches employed by Mendel in planning and analyzing his experiments.
40. Gene Squares Problem Solving Students use Punnett squares to predict the approximate frequencies of traits among the offspring of specific critter crosses.
41. Show Me the Genes! Reading A reading describes the behavior of chromosomes during sexual reproduction and its consistency with basic patterns of inheritance. In addition, the function of DNA and the effects of randomly occurring mutations are introduced.
42. Analyzing Genetic Data Laboratory Students quantify the results of the seeds they germinated in Activity 35, “Plants Have Genes, Too!” They then compare their results to Mendel’s results.
43. Breeding Critters—More Traits investigation Students model the diversity of offspring possible from sexual reproduction of two parents and discover patterns of inheritance other than strict dominant/recessive traits.

A full suite of course tools is available for teachers, as follows:

SEPUP Texas Edition, Science Grade 7, Genetics Unit

Student Edition

The Student Edition guides investigations and provides related readings. It uses a variety of approaches to make science accessible for all students. SEPUP’s integrated literacy strategies help students process new science content, develop their analytical skills, make connections between related concepts, and express their knowledge orally and in writing.

SEPUP Texas Edition, Science Grade 7, Genetics Unit

eStudent Edition

Availible in both download and online access platforms.

Teacher Edition

The SEPUP Core Curriculum Teacher’s Edition takes you through each activity in the Student Edition and helps you see the development of concepts within the big picture of the units and the course you are teaching. It helps you set up the equipment from the kit, organize the classroom, conduct activities, and manage practical details, all of which enhance students’ learning environment. The Teacher’s Edition is packaged as a series of loose-leaf binders that you can personalize with annotations, rearrangements, and insertions. The Teacher’s Edition provides full support for teaching the program. Additional support resources can also found in the Teacher’s Edition.

Complete Material Package

All SEPUP materials packages are designed with teachers, students and environmental considerations in mind. Traditional laboratory style classrooms are not necessary to teach SEPUP. Materials packages include most of the items needed for the activities. They support multiple classes – typically up to five classes of 32 students (160 total students) – before consumables need to be replaced. It’s important to note that materials are consumed at various rates; therefore, it will not be necessary to replace all consumable items every year. Exclusive to SEPUP programs are the molded tray liners that keep everything in place and easy to locate – even in a hurry.

Online and Technology Tools

These include the Exam View suite of assessment tools and more than 100 web links for each of the three SEPUP 6-8 courses, to be used for basic instruction and enrichment.

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