As a science educator, I have always relied on my own experience and the wealth of material that I have collected over the years to develop our homeschool science curriculum. I have also allowed the interests of my children to drive our studies, ensuring that we also cover a variety of topics.
Months ago, when we were in the midst of our Human Anatomy unit with our STEM Club, I realized that I needed to go more in-depth, specifically for my daughter. I hadn’t taught high school level science, however, so I was a little apprehensive. Would I be able to find labs that would be both challenging and adaptable for the homeschool setting?
As I began my research, I was delighted to discover a great resource for teaching middle school and high school biology, Amy Brown Science. As I browsed her website and the products available at her Teachers Pay Teachers store, I was immediately drawn to her Genetics Complete Bundle Unit and am delighted to share with you how we’ve begun to use it in our homeschool.
Genetics Unit Bundle
Though my son is a few years younger than my daughter, I generally teach them both simultaneously. I thereby began our study by reading aloud, Gregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas. While this is a picture book, I have found that everyone enjoys listening to quality literature and it was a great way to spark interest in the new unit. I then followed up with Amy’s Genetics Warm-ups to review the material that was covered in the book.
Note: The warm-ups are a separate item in Amy’s TpT store and are not part of the Genetics Complete Bundle. However, they are the perfect tool for review and reinforcement.
Together, we viewed the PowerPoint and took notes along the way. My daughter and I have now begun to progress slowly through the material in the bundle. There is really so very much – it will take us a while to complete everything. I am impressed with the quality of the material – the lessons are laid out very clearly and each warm-up includes a teacher’s answer key.
My favorite component are the labs: Simple DNA Extraction, Effect of Environment on Gene Expression, and The Hardy Weinberg Equation. While each is available individually, the fact that they are bundled not only saves me time but puts everything into context.
Amy does an excellent job of describing the lab procedures in a way that students can easily follow along. She also provides tips for the teacher in regards to set-up and preparation.
The genetics unit focuses almost entirely on Mendelian genetics and on genetics topics that arose after Mendel’s death. The materials do include some discussion of Darwin and natural selection.
The Genetics Complete Unit Plan Bundle contains at least 3 weeks of materials depending on how many lab activities you want to do. This unit has everything that a teacher needs to teach a unit on genetics to Biology or life science students in grades 8-12.
The bundle includes:
- A 61 Slide PowerPoint
- Teacher Notes
- Student Notes
- 3 Labs
- A Jeopardy-style game to review concepts
- 5 Quizzes
- 7 Genetics Practice Problem Worksheets
- A Crossword Puzzle
- A Unit Test
Wow! All that for a bundled price of just $25.99! This is a savings of 39% off the price if you were to purchase the items individually.
October 20, 2015 at 2:41 pm
Thank you for such a fantastic “shout-out.” I am delighted you were pleased with my materials!
October 20, 2015 at 7:23 pm
You’re most welcome!! Thank you so much for the opportunity! 🙂
October 20, 2015 at 6:41 pm
Eva- I just purchased this. I think my life science/biology kids will enjoy a break from the norm with some different activities. Thanks for the post!
October 20, 2015 at 6:43 pm
A little funny too because, like you, I don’t really purchase science stuff. I love the middle school CK-12 text, but the high school one not as much.
October 20, 2015 at 7:24 pm
We’ve only just begun to use the middle school CK12 texts. Thank you for your insight!
Mary Ann Adams
November 15, 2017 at 4:08 am
I’m looking for something for my daughter who is in sixth grade. How did things go brining this down for your son? Specifically I’m concerned about any math you might need to do. I can’t see the samples clearly enough to tell. Thanks
December 7, 2017 at 7:59 am
Hello. I feel the material is adaptable for younger ages, especially for students who have a love for science and are familiar with the material through non-fiction reading. There was not a lot of math required. One lab does focus on the Hardy-Weinber principle. Stated as a mathematical equation it is, p2 + 2pq + q2 = 1 Thus, beginning algebra would be helpful. However, you can choose omit this lesson as well.
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