Ch 9: ScienceSaurus Student Handbook Grades 6-8: Genes & Heredity

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The Genes & Heredity chapter of this ScienceSaurus Student Handbook Grades 6-8 Companion Course helps students learn the essential lessons associated with genes and heredity. Each of these simple and fun video lessons is about five minutes long and is sequenced to align with the Genes & Heredity textbook chapter.

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  • Identify the lessons in the ScienceSaurus Genes & Heredity chapter with which you need help.
  • Find the corresponding video lessons with this companion course chapter.
  • Watch fun videos that cover the topics on genes and heredity you need to learn or review.
  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
  • If you need additional help, rewatch the videos until you've mastered the material or submit a question for one of our instructors.

Students will learn:

  • Animal development and reproduction
  • Flowering plants
  • DNA and genes
  • DNA sequencing
  • The human genome project
  • Twin studies
  • DNA cloning
  • Alleles properties
  • The definition for a Punnett square

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10 Lessons in Chapter 9: ScienceSaurus Student Handbook Grades 6-8: Genes & Heredity
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Overview of Animal Reproduction and Development

1. Overview of Animal Reproduction and Development

At this stage in life, you likely know where babies come from. However, did you know that some animals can make clones of themselves and reproduce sexually too? In this lesson, you'll learn more about sexual reproduction and early vertebrate development.

Flowering Plants: Reproduction & Fertilization

2. Flowering Plants: Reproduction & Fertilization

Some plants use flowers to reproduce. The flowers contain all the parts needed for the reproduction process. This lesson explains how all of these parts are used to create the next generation of flowering plants.

What is DNA?

3. What is DNA?

In this lesson, we will learn what DNA is, what its characteristics and functions are, even where it is located and what information it contains. We'll also learn how the double helix is created. Find out more.

What Is a Gene? - Definition & Structure

4. What Is a Gene? - Definition & Structure

Genes are little codes found in our cells that make up who we are. This lesson covers where genes are located, how we get our genes, and the functions of genes.

DNA Sequencing and the Human Genome

5. DNA Sequencing and the Human Genome

DNA sequencing allows us to determine the exact genes that make up an individual. It can be used to screen for certain diseases and in crime scene analysis. Learn more about it in this lesson.

What is the Human Genome Project? - Definition, Purpose & Benefits

6. What is the Human Genome Project? - Definition, Purpose & Benefits

We often hear about scientific research being done but may not truly understand what that entails. This is not one of those times. The Human Genome Project has allowed many breakthroughs in genetic research that affect us in a very tangible way, right here, right now.

Using Twin Studies to Determine Heritability

7. Using Twin Studies to Determine Heritability

A twin can be more than a built-in buddy for life. Scientists can use monozygotic and dizygotic twin pairs to study the heritability of just about anything, from cancer to behavior.

DNA Cloning: Definition and Process

8. DNA Cloning: Definition and Process

DNA cloning is used for a variety of purposes, but how does it work? In this video lesson, you will learn about the process of cloning DNA, as well as see examples of how cloning is used in science, medicine, and consumer products.

Properties of Alleles

9. Properties of Alleles

What is a dominant phenotype and how will it affect Adrian's flying hamster research? Tune in as he studies homozygous and heterozygous genotypes and the phenotypes they produce.

Punnett Square: Definition & Example

10. Punnett Square: Definition & Example

This lesson will define what a Punnett square is and show several examples of how one can be used. It will also briefly describe patterns of inheritance.

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