Should We Learn About It?

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There are many issues today involving genetics and inheritances; therefore, I want to introduce this subject to students and allow them the opportunity to learn about it. Before students begin this genetics unit they should have a basic understanding of DNA, cellular reproduction, and the process of mitosis and meiosis. Additionally, this unit will contain activities that require students to employ critical and higher order thinking skills; I believe these skills can prepare students for the kinds of issues they may encounter in the world in the future.
According to the Next Generation Science Standards which are endorsed by the National Science Teachers Association, students should be able to analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in other organisms. Moreover, students should be able to ask questions that clarify the role DNA and chromosomes have in coding the instructions for characteristics passed from parents to offspring (NGSS, 2016). Recognizing that even the simplest genetic cross requires combining inferences about two complex processes which are how genetic traits are inherited through meiosis and mating and how these traits interact to produce the external differences that are seen in parents and offspring. Additionally, students should have opportunities to learn the basic concepts of genetics that provide an increased understanding of

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