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Table 1.

Summary of activities in the WISE Genetic Inheritance unit.

ActivityDescription
Will You Help Us Solve a Mystery? Introduces students to the curriculum unit and the overarching question for the unit – Who Is the Parent? 
Inherited and Acquired Traits Introduces "traits" as characteristics of organisms. Students distinguish between inherited and acquired traits of plants and animals. 
Cell Structure and Function Introduces students to the idea of cells as building blocks and that all living things are made up of cells. Students explore plant and animal cell visualizations as they learn about cell structure and function. 
Cell Growth and Division Introduces the process and function of mitosis. Emphasis is placed on the numbers of chromosomes in the parent and daughter cells. 
Cell Differentiation Introduces students to the concepts of multicellular and single-celled organisms. Students describe the hierarchy of cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and organisms. They learn that different cells can divide at different rates through interacting with visualizations. 
Sexual Reproduction and Meiosis Students learn about sexual reproduction. They are introduced to the process of meiosis. Students are also asked to compare and contrast meiosis with mitosis. Punnett squares are introduced as students learn about determining genotypes and phenotypes of parents using second-generation phenotypic ratios. 
Sexual and Asexual Reproduction Students compare and contrast sexual and asexual reproduction. They interact with a visualization that enables them to decide the traits of two "sea monkeys," which are capable of reproducing either sexually or asexually and then create offspring from one or two parents. 
Solving Our Mystery Students determine which Fast Plant trait is dominant and which is recessive, including determining the genotypes of both offspring generations of Fast Plants. Finally, students are asked to determine both the phenotype and genotype of the missing parent plant. 
ActivityDescription
Will You Help Us Solve a Mystery? Introduces students to the curriculum unit and the overarching question for the unit – Who Is the Parent? 
Inherited and Acquired Traits Introduces "traits" as characteristics of organisms. Students distinguish between inherited and acquired traits of plants and animals. 
Cell Structure and Function Introduces students to the idea of cells as building blocks and that all living things are made up of cells. Students explore plant and animal cell visualizations as they learn about cell structure and function. 
Cell Growth and Division Introduces the process and function of mitosis. Emphasis is placed on the numbers of chromosomes in the parent and daughter cells. 
Cell Differentiation Introduces students to the concepts of multicellular and single-celled organisms. Students describe the hierarchy of cells, tissues, organs, organ systems, and organisms. They learn that different cells can divide at different rates through interacting with visualizations. 
Sexual Reproduction and Meiosis Students learn about sexual reproduction. They are introduced to the process of meiosis. Students are also asked to compare and contrast meiosis with mitosis. Punnett squares are introduced as students learn about determining genotypes and phenotypes of parents using second-generation phenotypic ratios. 
Sexual and Asexual Reproduction Students compare and contrast sexual and asexual reproduction. They interact with a visualization that enables them to decide the traits of two "sea monkeys," which are capable of reproducing either sexually or asexually and then create offspring from one or two parents. 
Solving Our Mystery Students determine which Fast Plant trait is dominant and which is recessive, including determining the genotypes of both offspring generations of Fast Plants. Finally, students are asked to determine both the phenotype and genotype of the missing parent plant. 
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