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Heritable characteristics are passed down from generation to generation, through genes in DNA.

Inquiry Questions

How do species change?
How are genes passed on?
How might humans control the evolution of species?

Australian Curriculum

Resources

Science by Doing

Science by Doing is a comprehensive website for high school Science Years 7-10 covering the Australian Curriculum. This site is free to all Australian students and teachers and presents science in an engaging, guided inquiry-based approach to lift student interest and understanding. 

Link: Science by Doing Genetics Unit

This sequence of lessons has a number of animations, videos, prompts, and activities that can be used in remote learning situations. A number of the practical activities utilise limited physical resources, and as such students can still engage with hands-on learning at home. 

Link: Science by Doing Student Digital unit

The student digital unit map has a sequence of learning that can be assigned for students to both develop an understanding of biological concepts, as well as assess their understanding with short quizzes and activities. 

Khan Academy

A sequence of videos and questions related to DNA and genetic material that can be used to further clarify concepts with students. 

Link: Khan Academy Sequence

Science Alert

Science Alert provides a weekly infographic titled: The Science News You Need to Know This Week. 

Link: This week in science

The Science Alert infographic can be used as a prompt for weekly “Science as a Human Endeavour” discussions to create a routine of critical thinking and communication within the remote classroom. Typically there is a news piece each week that can be linked to the current learning of the classroom. 

 

Diagnostic Questions

Diagnostic questions are designed to help identify, and understand students' mistakes and misconceptions in an efficient and accurate manner. In a remote learning environment, these questions are vital for checking on progress. At crucial moments in a lesson, set a diagnostic question or two to quickly ascertain the progress of the class, and importantly, understand misconceptions quickly, which can be hard to achieve in a remote environment. You will need to sign in (for free) to access. 

Link: Diagnostic Questions Set

Scootle

Scootle is a national digital learning repository which provides Australian teachers with access to more than 20,000 digital learning items, provided by a wide array of contributors and aligned to core areas of the Australian Curriculum. 

Link: Scootle Collection

This collection of resources includes videos, simulations, and assessments that can be used to enhance the learning in a remote context. The activities can be sequenced into a learning path that can be shared directly with your students. 

Considerations and strategies for EAL Learners

Abstract and technical vocabulary is used in evaluations. While the evaluation may not be challenging for EAL/D students, expressing their ideas may be.    Model exemplar texts that deconstruct the text structure, language and linguistic features required for this skill. Scan model texts from  Composing Written Science Texts  

Forming questions in English will pose problems for students with fewer linguistic resources. Explicitly teach the forms of questions required (for example, the use of question words such as why, when, how, and the way we invert word order if we don’t use these words – Can we …). 

Hypothesising requires use of the conditional language structure, which is difficult for many EAL/D students. Provide clear models of conditional sentence structures (for example, I think that x will happen if y occurs).