Lesson Plan Development

1. What is DNA?

  • Students will understand the significance, chemical makeup and drawing of DNA
  • Students will know how DNA is replicated

~MEDIA: A video will be shown explaining how DNA works and the components of it 

~PLAN & TECHNOLOGY: A power-point supplement will be used during LECTURE and STUDENT PARTICIPATION will be encouraged. 

~INDIVIDUAL WORK will be given out such as a DNA worksheet 

~HOMEWORK will also be assigned 

~TEACHER'S KNOWLEDGE

2. What is RNA? 

  • Students will understand the significance and chemical makeup of RNA
  • Students will know how RNA is made

~MEDA: a video will be shown to describe RNA 

~TECHNOLOGY, LECTURES & PLAN will be used in a form of a power-point 

~HOMEWORK will be assigned 

~STUDENT'S PRIOR KNOWLEDGE of DNA will be needed for this segment of the unit

~TEACHER'S KNOWLEDGE

3. Genes and Chromosomes.

  • Students will learn how genes are acquired and understand the significance of chromosomes
  • Students will learn how to create a Punnett Square

~TECHNOLOGY, LECTURES & PLAN (power-point)

~ STUDENT AND TEACHER KNOWLEDGE 

~MINI PROJECT (create your own punnett square) 

~QUIZ

4. Dominant and Recessive traits. 

  • Students will understand the difference between dominant and recessive traits and diseases 

~TEACHER AND STUDENT KNOWLEDGE 

~TECHNOLOGY, LECTURES & PLAN (powerpoint) 

~CLASS PARTICIPATION 

~GROUP WORK (creating a chart distinguishing dominant and recessive traits) 

~GROUP PROJECT (researching a recessive or dominantly inherited disease and presenting information about it)

5. Mendel and the Gene Idea. 

  • The Gene Idea will be introduced 

~LECTURE, PLAN & TECHNOLOGY (power-point) 

~TEACHER & STUDENT KNOWLEDGE 

~HOMEWORK 

~GAME (in order to prepare for exam) 

~EXAM 

**These five lessons will be explaining how genes are inherited and basically why you look the way you do. It will also explain how the original ideas of genes came to be.**

    • Taylor Bolger
      Taylor Bolger

      Hey Brianna!

      Looking at your lessons I see some clear evidence of you having used backwards design in constructing them as you start off with the final products. Such as how you started off with talking about DNA as your first lesson and working your way down its components. As well as stating what the students are working towards/ the end goal of the lesson ( i.e.: 

      • The Gene Idea will be introduced 
      • Students will understand the difference between dominant and recessive traits and diseases
      • Students will learn how genes are acquired and understand the significance of chromosomes
      • Students will learn how to create a Punnett Square
      • Students will understand the significance and chemical makeup of RNA
      • Students will know how RNA is made
      • Students will understand the significance, chemical makeup and drawing of DNA
      • Students will know how DNA is replicated

      Although I am curious as to what kind of game you plan to have the students play and what the exam will look like (format) for lesson five. 

      • Robert Goldberg
        Robert Goldberg

        I think the lesson plans are pretty well organized and I like how you included a game. I also think a seprite lesson for DNA and RNA is a good idea so students know more about each and don't mix up the two (I am still confused on this topic to this day!!). Not to many things to say but here are two. You might want to included some kind of review in your plan as there is a lot of stuff to cover in a week (If the assignment is to cover a week not 100% sure.). IF it is a week there is also to many projects as well if not then that's fine. 

        • Jamie Soldinger
          Jamie Soldinger

          Hi Brianna!

          I really like how you organized your lesson plans.  I think its very easy to see what you will accomplish.  I think it is a great idea to use a game in the classroom as part of a study guide for the exam.  In my own personal experience, I always took somethign away from a game we play before a test, especially in a science classroom.  I also like how you implemented technology in the classroom because especially now technology is very important.  I also like how you wrote out what the students will get out of the lessons.

          • Nicholas Neuner
            Nicholas Neuner

            The first that caught my attention is the use of the tools, and how specific they were in addressing what you would use/do and how it would be done. Most significantly, at least from what I took from your lesson is the use of a game. Using this as prep for the exam is something unique and important for the students i would imagine. It takes away some of the possible anxieties that they may have. Overall I would say your lesson plan is clear in its intent, which is important both to you and your students. I think it is strong, and the only potentially take away that I would give to you is, what if the student(s) don't grasp a certain lesson? Your content is heavy and could be hard for students to grasp.

            • Courtney Pabst
              Courtney Pabst

              Brianna,

              I think it is going to be so beneficial in a classroom to give lessons the way that you have planned out here! You didn't just stick to one or two tools from our toolbox with each lesson, but you used a bunch, and I think your students will definitely remain engaged if you are constantly changing up the type of learning used. I also liked how with some of the tools, you explained further as to what exactly they meant, and how you would utilize them. My only recommendation would be to do that on some more of the tools used, because some of them could be seen as many different things. Overall, I think you put a lot of thought into these lessons, and I think when you get to teach them, its going to be great for both you and your students!

              • Olivia Difusco
                Olivia Difusco

                Hi Brianna, 

                   I think that'd it be pretty silly for me to give you advice on your lesson plan if I can't find something significant that should be improved. I think you did really well for your first draft of planning lessons (better than me, by far).  I guess I could say to just get more specific in what types of class participation you will need, what games your students will play, and work you will assign. 

                • Christina Katechis
                  Christina Katechis

                  I really like this, Briam.

                  Organized in a way that students can engage and use all the work done in class, whether it be projects or individual work, to study for exams. 

                  The content that the students are  expected to understand is clear. Put in play, I feel like your lessons will fill up all the class time and make it difficult for students to not be engaged. 

                  Students will know what is expected from day 1, nice job!

                   

                   

                  • Duffy Brennan
                    Duffy Brennan

                    I like this plan because it is outlined very well in how both the teacher and student are involved in the lesson. For the game maybe put what the game will be, so maybe a jeopardy game, or a kahoot.  Other than that this is vey good.

                    • Jaclyn Dellisanti
                      Jaclyn Dellisanti

                      Brianna, 

                      your plan is laid out very well, your goals are clear. You do an awesome job getting students involved by either games or group work. I also like how you structured your lessons based off the previous lessons, this gives the students more confidence going into the next topic. If the students do not grasp the topic at first, how will they complete the projects? The variety of teaching methods will be appealing to the students. Nice job.

                      • Bianca Stewart
                        Bianca Stewart

                        Brianna,

                        Your entire lesson plan was well done.. not much I can critique on it. I think you did a great job in making your point and how you want each lesson go. Only question I had was how will you be able to tell that your students understand all this material? Other than that, great job!

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