How a Dragon Gets its Wings: A fanciful approach to teaching meiosisby: Pamela Esprivalo Harrell

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The process of meiosis and its contributon to genetic variation are important concepts. But they are challenging for students, many of whom confuse meiosis with mitosis because of the similar terminology and likenesses in how chromosomes align during the dividing process. This article contains a series of activities to help students form accurate conceptions of meiosis and how its process and purpose greatly differ from mitosis.

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  • on Wed May 02, 2012 7:49 PM

Genetic recombination is a hard concept for many high school students to grasp. I like this activity because it actively involves the students. Not only is genetic recombination modeled at a cellular level, but the results of the phenotype of the entire organism is also shown. We are done studying the cell cycle this year. I am going to use this activity next year with my biology classes.

Ruth Hutson  (Westmoreland, KS)
Ruth Hutson (Westmoreland, KS)

  • on Sun Jan 29, 2012 6:50 PM

I like how this activity takes students through demonstrating each stage of meiosis to understanding how the traits combine during fertilization. I think it will be great. I will modify it a little for my 7th graders, but overall I think it will work well to help them understand the importance of meiosis for genetics.

Katherine Zimmerman  (Arlington, VA)
Katherine Zimmerman (Arlington, VA)

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