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Located 20 miles southwest of Madison, Belleville is a charming village that boasts a strong educational system along with a strong sense of family within the community. For a small city of just under 2,500 people, Belleville offers “big-school” opportunities in a small-school atmosphere. Belleville Elementary School hosts 4K through 1st grade with just over 190 students while the Intermediate School hosts 2nd through 6th grade serving just over 350 students. Our schools provide big-school opportunities in a safe, student-centered, welcoming environment that one would expect in a small town. This is one of the many reasons Belleville was voted one of Madison’s best suburbs!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Introducing Third Graders to Genetics

Project Lead The Way (PLTW), one of our district's three initiates, is one component of Belleville's comprehensive science curriculum. In PLTW today, 3rd grade students began learning about genetic traits by engaging in an individual traits survey.  In this introductory activity, students took an inventory of their own easily observable genetic traits. Working in small groups, students also observed how their trait inventories differ from those of others.

In this photo you can see some of the various gene traits students were surveying for.  

If you inherited one or two copies of the dominant “tongue rolling gene” from your parents, then you would be able to roll your tongue. If you inherited two copies of the recessive tongue rolling gene” instead, then you would not be able to roll your tongue (childrensmuseum.org).  Both of these students seem to have inherited their parent's dominant tongue rolling gene!

One example of a dominantly inherited trait is the presence of a widow's peak (a V-shape) at the hairline.  Neither Mrs. Kraemer nor this student seem to have this dominant gene; OK, Mrs. Kraemer might have a little one!

A dominant allele (an alternative form of a gene) causes the last joint of the little finger to bend inward toward the fourth (ring) ringer.  Both of these students have found that they have the recessive allele causing their pinky fingers to be straight.t.

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