Genetics Unit – Lesson 5

Picking up where we left off before Task Week, in Lesson 5 we reviewed key vocabulary related to the Central Dogma.  Students received blank copies of the vocabulary worksheet and were provided with time in class to transcribe Central Dogma-related definitions.  The remainder of the class period was spent working in small groups to discuss and debate whether specific traits are inherited through nature or nurture.  The purpose of this lesson was to provide students with a link between proteins (encoded by genes within DNA) and phenotype (traits that are readily observed).  Next, we will turn our attention to how traits are inherited: mitosis and meiosis.