SciPacks are discrete learning experiences teachers can use to enhance their understanding of a particular scientific concept. Each SciPack contains a collection of three to five free Science Objects, which provide an understanding of the science content that supports curricula requirements by providing a structured set of learning experiences through simulations and practice assessments. Science Objects challenge teachers to explore and explain real world phenomena. Science Objects are founded on the principle that learners must be challenged with a problem, observation, data, etc., in order to develop scientific understanding. Science Objects present problems, phenomena, demonstrations, and simulations utilizing inquiry-based learning.
In addition to comprehensive inquiry-based learning materials tied to Science Education Standards and Benchmarks, the SciPack includes the following additional components:
- Pedagogical Implications section addressing common misconceptions, teaching resources and strand maps linking grade band appropriate content to standards.
- Access to one-on-one support via e-mail to content “Wizards”.
- Final Assessment which can be used to certify mastery of the concepts.
Heredity and Variation: Inheritance
Heredity and Variation: Genes in Action
- Explain how domestication of plants and animals produced an early understanding of inheritance.
- Use Mendel’s model to explain patterns of inheritance represented in graphic form (for example, data tables, histograms, etc.).
- Identify the conditions required for an inheritance pattern to be explained correctly by Mendel’s model.
- Use data representing patterns of inheritance to support the idea that some observable traits are defined by discrete units of inheritance that segregate and assort independently of one another during inheritance.
Heredity and Variation: Mutation Provides Variation
- Distinguish among the following structures by describing their relationship to one another: DNA, chromosomes, genes, and alleles.
- Describe the role genes play in the production of proteins and defining the phenotype of an organism.
- Compare and contrast the DNA in cells produced during asexual reproduction versus the DNA in gametes produced during meiosis.
- Indentify and describe those steps within the process of meiosis that explain the random distribution of genotypes among offspring resulting from sexual reproduction.
- Explain how the recombination of the allele pairs for individual genes during sexual reproduction results in phenotypic variation among offspring.
- Compare and contrast genetic mutations with genetic variations resulting from the process of meiosis.
- Identify and describe the general processes involved in the creation of genetic mutations.
- Describe possible consequences of genetic mutations.
- Describe conditions necessary for genetic mutations to be inherited by an organism’s offspring.