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Science Grade 8 Genetics

Science Grade 8 Genetics

2-4 weeks


Organisms inherit genetic information in a variety of ways that result in continuity of structure and function between parents and offspring.

Individual organisms and species change over time.

Why do we look the way we do?

How do characteristics get passed on from one generation to the next?

How do species change?

(1) MST1 Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.
(1) MST2 Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.
(1) MST3 Students will understand the concepts of and become proficient with the skills of mathematics, communicate and reason mathematically, and become problem solvers by using appropriate tools and strategies, through the integrated study of number sense and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and statistics and probability.
(1) MST4 Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.
(1) MST6 Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.
(1) MST7 Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to address real-life problems and make informed decisions.

Construct and interpret pedigree chart.

Use Punnet squares to predict probability of pffspring.

Analyze genetic codes to create "creature" organism.




dominant gene




genetic engineering

genetic trait




atural selection


pedigree chart

Punnett square

recessive gene

selective breeding

survival of the fittest



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