What's genetic diversity?

What's genetic diversity?

Lesson 4 of 14 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 7 - 8
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation
  • Sustainability
  • ...

Lesson summary

Students explore examples of genetic diversity and explain its significance within the larger concept of biodiversity.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • recognise that each individual organism has all of its features, adaptations and internal chemistry coded in its genes.
  • link the conservation needs of a species with genetics diversity i.e., for groups of individuals within in a region potentially having different genetics diversity compared to the same species in other regions.
  • show how genetic diversity assists survival in a species.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions: 

Year 7 Science:

  • There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (ACSSU111)
  • Interactions between organisms can be described in terms of food chains and food webs; human activity can affect these interactions (ACSSU112)
  • Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS130)

Year 8 Science:

  • Summarise data, from students’ own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions (ACSIS145)

Syllabus OutcomesSC4-7WS, SC4-14LW, SC4-15LW.

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  • Internet and library access
  • Writing materials

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