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Handouts and teacher notes for Rock Pocket and Mendel's Peas Storyline
Science and Engineering Practices
Develop and/or use a model to predict and/or describe phenomena.
Disciplinary Core Ideas
Genes are located in the chromosomes of cells, with each chromosome pair containing two variants of each of many distinct genes. Each distinct gene chiefly controls the production of specific proteins, which in turn affects the traits of the individual. Changes (mutations) to genes can result in changes to proteins, which can affect the structures and functions of the organism and thereby change traits.
Relationships can be classified as causal or correlational, and correlation does not necessarily imply causation.
Complex and microscopic structures and systems can be visualized, modeled, and used to describe how their function depends on the shapes, composition, and relationships among its parts, therefore complex natural structures/systems can be analyzed to determine how they function.