Introduce Complete Dominance & Punnett Squares

Includes a Google Doc Version for Distance Learning!

This all-in-one Lesson and Independent Learning Packet can be done in school or entirely at home via Google Docs.

FREE Slide Show – Follow Up with Complete Dominance & Punnett Squares Activity Packet
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I use this activity and worksheets to completely teach dominant and recessive alleles and using Punnett squares to predict inherited traits. To expose my students to the work of Gregor Mendel, who is the founder of the field of genetics, I use his findings on pea shape and color as the example traits.

Lesson Includes:

Introduction using FREE SLIDE SHOW above

Activity (in school or at home) – randomly select dominant and recessive alleles for pea shape and pea color (Mendel’s peas)

Data Analysis – compare predicted probabilities of allele selection to your random selection

Use Punnett Square to Predict Allele Inheritance

Punnett Square Check for Understanding

Earth Science

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All Webquests Include a Google Doc Version – Excellent for Distance Learning!

The Rock Cycle – A Webquest
Plate Tectonics (Tectonic Plate Theory) – a Webquest
Earth’s Interior Structure (Core, Mantle and Crust) – A Webquest
Active Volcanoes! In the Ring of Fire – A Webquest
Volcanoes! Of the United States – A Webquest
Webquest Bundle: Plate Tectonics, Ring of Fire & U.S. Active Volcanoes

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Pathogenic and Beneficial Bacteria Introduced

Includes a Google Doc Version for Distance Learning!

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[Students – please scroll down for the webquest links]

The hardest part of teaching 6th-9th grade science sometimes is figuring out what information is essential for these students to learn so that they develop important background knowledge to propel them forward to deeper learning in upper high school courses and beyond. I struggle with this question all of the time.

It has taken a few years, but I think I have found the right balance when it comes to teaching about the bacteria kingdom. We learn about this subject twice – first, when study the basic characteristics of the different kingdoms of life. Second, when we study pathogens and the immune system, which is when my students do this webquest.

I developed this webquest to engage my students in the reasons WHY we study bacteria. This could seem like a boring subject, but bacteria are amazing, complex and scary. They are a part of our history as humans and literally a part of our bodies. Learning about bacteria can be frightening at times given the havoc they can cause, but its through learning and studying them that we quell our fears.

For one, kids often are given the impression that all bacteria are bad and disease-causing. The exact opposite is true and most bacteria are harmless or are doing a job directly for us or in the environment that we rely on. Learning about this makes them a lot less scary. And yes, some do harm us, but by studying them and engaging with them, we learn to stop and prevent their infections.

**The student links are those students visit as they complete the webquest. Click HERE to see the worksheet.** Click here to find out about my unit on pathogens. Click here to learn about my Pasteur and Redi Spontaneous Generation activity.

Webquest Student Links

Reading, What are Bacteria?

Disease-Causing Bacteria, Video 1

Alexander Fleming, Video 2

Reading, The real story behind penicillin

Reading, What about Good Bacteria?

Reading, The Danger of Antibiotic Overuse

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The Metric System (measuring length) – A Webquest

Includes a Google Doc Version for Distance Learning!

Voyage through 5 interactive websites to practice:metric system cover

  • Reading rulers
  • Making basic conversions between mm, cm and meters

Learn more about this activity:
The Metric System: A Webquest

Student Links:

A. Learn about metric length (link)

A. 4. Take the quiz.

B. Reading Rulers Practice – Measuring Length in Centimeters (link). 

C. Measuring Length in Centimeters with Decimals (link).  

D. Measure it! – Centimeters with Decimals (link)

E. Play the Conversion Game