If you are learning about Biology one of the first scientists you will learn about is Gregor Mendel. If you are studying Botany, you will also learn about Gregor Mendel. He was a monk, a teacher, a priest, a botanist, a naturalist and a famous scientist. This famous botanist studied peas and pollination from bees. He used his studies to prove his well known theories that genes are passed down from parent to child.
His discoveries of genetics became known as Mendelism and Mendel’s Laws. Gregor Mendel was the first person lay down the mathematical foundation for the science of genetics. He didn’t know it at the time, but he created an entire branch or field of Science just from his studies! Because of this, he is known as the father of genetics.
Gregor Mendel Biography:
Gregor Johann Mendel was born in Czechoslovakia in 1822. He was born in in Heinzendorf village, which was the main source of agriculture and fruit growing at that time. Since agriculture was such a main part of the culture at that time, all school children were taught in great detail about plants, nature and farming.
His father was heavily involved in agriculture and tending to and growing fruit trees. Because of this, Mendel grew up in gardening and his love for plants and studying nature grew. He went on to become a monk so he could finish his schooling. He lived in the Abbey of St. Thomas where he was a teacher of science.
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My daughter learned about genetics in one of the modules in her homeschool Biology science class this year. She loves science and has really enjoyed Biology, but this module on genetics had her in tears. She was so confused by it and she did not do well on her test at all. Genetics can be super confusing, trying to keep track of everything, and there is math involved too.
I wish we had just a little more time to spend on it. She is more of a visual learner. I think that some extra hands-on activities would have really helped her to grasp the concept and understand it just a little bit better. Punnet Squares are a great visual and activity for practicing. Thankfully there are lots of free worksheets, and activities that can help.
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