Mendel’s Pea Plant Genetics YouTube Guide


This TedEd Mendel’s Pea Plant Genetics YouTube Guide challenges student to grasp the groundbreaking work of Gregor Mendel, the father of modern genetics, through his experiments with pea plants. Understand the fundamental concepts of dominant and recessive traits, and how they are passed from parents to offspring. Discover the use of Punnett squares in predicting genetic outcomes, and the distinction between genotypes and phenotypes. Explore advanced topics such as the Chromosome Theory of Inheritance, the discovery of DNA, and the potential of genetic engineering to address challenges facing humanity. Engage with critical questions about the role of environmental factors in genetics, the ethical dimensions of genetic modification, and the promise of genetics research in solving global food security issues.

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Tips for using this Mendel’s Pea Plant Genetics YouTube Guide in your classroom:

    • Print one, double-sided Mendel’s Pea Plant Genetics YouTube Guide for each student
    • Preview the next question on the YouTube guide as you complete each one, this can help students pay attention to important upcoming events.
    • Pause at the times designated on the YouTube guide, encourage students to debate, discuss and talk about their ideas before writing their answers.
    • Discourage students from simply copying answers.
    • Randomly choose a student to share their answer and defend it if necessary.
    • If time allows, feel free to rewind and show important parts of the clip again for additional analysis.
    • On average, this YouTube guide will require about 15~20 minutes per episode

This .zip file includes:

    • An Answer Key w/ CCSS Alignment (PDF – 2 Pages)
    • A Student Movie Guide (PDF – 2 Pages)
    • A PDF with link to a Google Slides version (8 Slides)
    • Admin Movie Request, CCSS alignment, Permission Slip (2 Pages)

Google Classroom | Google Slide | Tips:

    • Click on the link included in the PDF titled “Google Slides Version” and save a copy of the file to your Google Drive/Classroom
    • Create an assignment for your students
    • If you are using this resource for multiple classes and want to separate responses by class, create multiple copies of the Google Slides version with file names such as [Title]ClassPeriod[2] and then create assignments

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Genetics | Gregor Mendel | Pea Plants | Dominant Traits | Recessive Traits | Punnett Square | Genotype | Phenotype | Chromosome Theory of Inheritance | DNA Discovery | Genetic Engineering | Environmental Factors | Ethical Considerations | Global Food Security | Science Education | Classroom Discussion | Critical Thinking | Research Skills | Life Science Curriculum | Educational Resources

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