More Information: Foundations of Genetics

A 6-week or longer investigation targeting grades 9-12. 

Designed as a whole-class experiment, students work in teams to grow a selected strain of Brassica rapa from seed to seed and examine plant traits as they develop over the course of a life cycle. Plants are grown in populations large enough so the variation of traits within a population can be documented and analyzed.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Performance Expectations

The performance expectations for the Pollen module are:

  • 3-LS1-1
  • 3-LS2-1
  • 3-LS3-1
  • 3-LS3-2
  • 3-LS4-2
  • MS-LS3-1
  • MS-LS3-2
  • HS-LS3-1
  • HS-LS4-3

Essential Inquiry Questions:

  • What makes one individual different from another in a population?
  • How does environment influence variation?
  • How is variation inherited?

This module begins from a guided approach with an F2 seed stock selected to allow students investigate discrete and quantitative traits within a population. Review the Table of Contents and Overview and Planning prior to planning.

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