Genes Are Real Things

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Proving microscopic structures exist is a difficult task. Learn how scientists did just that in the mid-1800s as they set out to identify the cellular structures related to genetics. The online lesson explains the collection of work that leads to the proof of chromosomes in the nucleus of both plant and animal cells.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils keep a historical journal to record the important discoveries of scientists
  • Use snapshots of images in the animation to create a lesson presentation
Classroom Considerations

  • Expects that students understand genetic inheritance

  • Includes items to check for understanding following the lesson
  • Provides video discussion about the history of the discovery of cellular chromosomes

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