Probabilities of Sickle Cell Disease

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Pacific BloomBiological Sciences (Biomedical Science) at Arizona State University (ASU)

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H. Bahadir YanikDepartment of Mathematics and Science Education at Anadolu University in Eskisehir, Turkey

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Sickle cell disease is a very common disease throughout the world. We used it to contextualize probability for upper elementary school students. Using Punnett squares, activities guide students' evaluation of inheritance using theoretical probability. Then, students perform trials using tools to compare theoretical and experimental probabilities.

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Common throughout the world, this malady is used here to contextualize sixth graders' activities applying theory involving Punnett squares, evaluating inheritance, and comparing theoretical and experimental probabilities.

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