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Unit Plans - Learner Level 3: Science

  • Filling Up Florida (Authored by Shari Rodgers.)

  • Subject(s): Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: In this mini-unit, students study factors controlling Florida population growth and related environmental impacts. Students research natural community types and make maps (including a life-sized Florida) to be used as part of a role play/simulation activity. Students have a chance to see first hand how specific factors and events affect the outcomes. This mini-unit is designed for six days and provides activities that will appeal to different learning styles. Although there are no separate lesson plans, each day's instructions and assessment are described completely in the attached file, Unit Plan Overview.

  • Twin Traits (Authored by Melinda Dukes.)

  • Subject(s): Language Arts, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Explore the Nature vs. Nurture controversy. Participate in hands-on activities to discover how variation in species is due to exchange and interaction of genetic information from parent to offspring. An experimental design on identical twins concludes the lesson.

  • Where We Come From (Authored by Suzan Smith.)

  • Subject(s): Mathematics, Science (Grade 6 - Grade 8)
    Description: Can you roll your tongue? Do you have a widow's peak? In this unit students explore genetics and inheritance in an exciting way. Labs and hands-on, interactive activities include creating Marshmallow babies from an envelope of chromosomes, and decoding a riddle using the 4 components of DNA. Concepts covered in this unit are dominant and recessive traits, alleles, genotypes and phenotypes, heterozygous and homozygous alleles, Punnett squares, and DNA. Students enjoy this unit as they figure out where they came from!

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