DNA and genetic inheritance

Students will learn about the form of DNA and explore the principles of genetic inheritance through examples and activities. They will also practice using technical terminology, making predictions, and working scientifically to identify patterns.
The resource can be split into multiple different sections for flexibility, and can be edited to accompany other teaching. We suggest that Activities 1-3 are run together. Activity 4 can be run as a practical class or utilised as a stand-alone additional information PowerPoint. This resource is aimed at pupils of KS4 or home learning equivalent, but will also be appropriate for KS3. It is suitable for students studying Combined Science and single Biology. The resources can be tailored to fit your students’ needs and level of learning.

Target sections of KS3 curriculum
• heredity as the process by which genetic information is transmitted from one generation to the next
• a simple model of chromosomes, genes and DNA in heredity, including the part played by Watson, Crick, Wilkins and Franklin in the development of the DNA model

Target sections of KS4 curriculum:
• developing their use of scientific vocabulary and nomenclature
• genetic variation in populations of a species
• the importance of selective breeding of plants and animals in agriculture
• most phenotypic features being the result of multiple, rather than single, genes
• single gene inheritance and single gene crosses with dominant and recessive phenotypes


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  • DNA-and-Genetic-inheritance-Educator-Notes.pdf
  • DNA-and-genetic-inheritance-class-presentation.pptx
  • DNA-and-Genetic-inheritance-Worksheet.docx
  • DNA-and-Genetic-inheritance-Worksheet.pdf
  • Extracting-DNA-different-materials-presentation.pptx
  • Extracting-DNA-from-different-materials-Experiment-Hand-Out.docx
  • Extracting-DNA-from-different-materials-Experiment-Hand-Out.pdf

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Created: Mar 8, 2019

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