Genetics Curriculum for Grade 5
Name: Darin W Meyer
I am teaching a fifth grade science class and I have a student that is
very interested in doing an individual project on genetics. Specifically
he is interested in heredity, dominant/recessive genes, cross breeding,
DNA, RNA. Any suggestion for projects that he could do? I would be
interested in having him do something collaboratively with another
student teacher etc so that he has some on-line experience. I would
be grateful for any help that anyone could give me. I could also use
more sources on info for me to use as I direct his study. This fifth
grade student is capable of content in the 9-10 grade range.
I do have rats and mice in my room. What about a little breeding program?
I would recommend you look into the Wisconsin Fast Plants projects
available from Carolina Biologicals. These plants have been bred
to do everything very fast. The life cycle is relatively short, which
is important to getting results quickly in genetics. Carolina has
kits that are ready to go for students of all ages. The materials
are open-ended and encourage students to come up with their own
projects and explore questions of interest to them.
I second the first response. My students have had wonderful
experiences with Fast Plants. It also gets students to see
that plants are alive!
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Update: June 2012