I have not yet met my students for the upcoming school year. However, there is one thing I can always expect from my high school students - the love of physically “doing” while learning.
Their curiosity is taken to the next level when they get hands-on activities to expand their content knowledge.
I love to see this curiosity in my students, which is one of the main reasons I decided to become a STEM teacher!
When I hear the word "karyotype", I think about a picture of chromosomes. A human karyotype is in fact an individual's collection of chromosomes. When somebody has their blood studied to look at how many chromosomes they have and whether the chromosomes are complete, we come up with a picture in which we can line up all the chromosomes and count them. That way we can tell whether or not somebody has all the proper number of chromosomes, which is 46, and that way we can look at the X and the Y chromosomes and determine if it's a female or male. Somebody might order a chromosome study and look at a karyotype if they were worried that a child might have an extra or missing bit of chromosome material. Students need a good model of this in order to see what it looks like!
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