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Overview and Learning Objectives
Assessment
Classroom Practice
Central Concepts
Textbook References
Activity Credits
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Introduction to BioLogica

Interactive, scaffolded model

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Overview and Learning Objectives

This activity guides the user through BioLogica's representations of chromosomes, genes, and alleles and stresses the connection between genotype and phenotype.

Students will be able to:

  • link representations in BioLogica with genetics, chromosomes, genes, alleles.
  • observe the connection between genotype and phenotype.

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Assessment

Politicians say that all politics is local. Biologists say that all traits are genetic. How would you explain that sentence to a politician?

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Classroom Practice

This model-based activity is the introduction to a series of models with which students explore patterns of inheritance using dragons as the test animal. As they change allele combinations, they can follow changes in an organism. In this way, the relationship between genotype (the genetic makeup of the organism) and phenotype (the physical appearance of the organism) is reinforced for the student.

This model then opens the window for other activities focused on patterns of inheritance that use the BioLogica (dragons) model. You might choose from among these, including the following activities: Meiosis: Activity #86, Monohybrid: Activity #34, Xlinkage: Activity #143, and a complete three-week module BioLogica: Activity #30.

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Central Concepts

Key Concept:

Genotype determines phenotype. Definition of traits, genotype, phenotype, chromosomes, genes, and alleles.

Additional Related Concepts

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Biology

  • Adaptation
  • Sickle Cell Anemia

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Textbook References

  • Biology (Miller and Levine) Prentice Hall 5th Edition - Unit 2: Chapter 11 - Human Heredity
  • Biology (Miller and Levine) Prentice Hall 5th Edition - Unit 3: Chapter 9 - Introduction to Genetics
  • Biology (Prentice-Hall) New York Edition - Chapter 11: Genetics
  • Biology: Exploring Life - Chapter 10: Patterns of Inheritance
  • BSCS Blue (8th Edition) - Chapter 13: Patterns of Inheritance
  • BSCS Human - Chapter 11: Continuity of Information through Inheritance
  • Web of Life - Chapter 6: Fundamentals of Genetics

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Activity Credits

Created by CC Project: Biologica using Biologica

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Requirements

  • Java 1.4+ - Java 1.4+ is available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X 10.3 and greater.

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These materials are based upon work supported
by the National Science Foundation under grant numbers
9980620, ESI-0242701, EIA-0219345, DUE-0402553, and 0628181.

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