My name is Greg Sperry and I’m an education student working on designing a Genetics unit for a 10th grade high school science class. Genetics can often be one of the most difficult areas in biology for students to understand; as a result it can be difficult to teach. I want to teach this unit in a way that will actively engage my students in what they are learning. Also, I need to incorporate reading and writing techniques into this unit, so I’m looking for any interesting ideas you might have.
I want my students to have understanding of the key principles and processes that are involved in genetics. More importantly I want my students to know why it is important that they have an understanding of genetics and how this will affect them make decisions in their lives. I need ideas on how to make this material fun and relevant to my students’ lives. Also, if anyone has any ideas on some assessments/projects that I could use in this unit I would appreciate those too. Please share any ideas you might have or things that you have done in your classroom.