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Lesson Plan
University of Washington

Pasta Genetics

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Four different-shaped and dyed pasta types represent four different alleles. Following a guide sheet, young geneticists practice randomly selecting alleles and discover the traits of the resulting offspring. This is a fun and solid...
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Sickle cell disease only occurs when both parents contribute the trait, and mostly in those of African descent. Where did it come from? How did it evolve? Tony Allison, a molecular biologist, noticed a connection between sickle cell and...
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute

The Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture

For Teachers 8th - Higher Ed Standards
Got milk? Only two cultures have had it long enough to develop the tolerance of lactose as an adult. Learn how the responsible genes evolved along with the cultures that have been consuming milk. This rich film is supplied with a few...
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Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Got Lactase? The Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Does the human body evolve as quickly as human culture? With a stellar 15-minute video, explore the trait of lactose intolerance. Only about 1/3 of human adults seem to still have the enzyme lactase and therefore, the ability to digest...
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Lesson Plan
Baylor College

Reebops: A “Model” Organism for Teaching Genetic Concepts

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
In a sweet simulation, junior geneticists examine the chromosomes of a fictitious Reebop marshmallow animal, combine chromosomes to produce offspring, and then make a model of the resulting Reebop baby. Phenotypes include number of...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Where'd You Get Those Genes?

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Really a unit, this resource exposes middle schoolers to genetics at their level. They read interviews and biographies, trace a family tree, play games that simulate inheritance concepts, and more! Teacher's procedures, student...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Regents High School Examination: Living Environment 2003

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The living environment, from the interior of a cell to the complex relationships among populations, are queried in this final examination. Learners look at air pollution maps, diagrams of cells, population graphs, and drawing of cells....
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Regents High School Examination: Living Environment 2005

For Teachers 9th - 12th
The 2005 version of the Regents High School Examination in the area of ecology is as comprehensive as previous years' exams. It consists of 40 multiple choice questions on everything from the structure of DNA to the interactions within...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Regents High School Exam: Living Environment 2008

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Tne New York Regents High School Examinations are comprehensive and include various styles of questions, includingmultiple choice and the analysis of graphs. This particular version, the 2008 Living Environment exam surveys a variety of...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Variation and Heredity

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Junior geneticists tally eye color and height in their lab groups. They examine certain traits in soybean and corn seedlings. For each activity, they gather data and learn about continuous and discontinuous genetic variation. In another...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

The Human Genotype

For Teachers 7th - 10th
Six different chromosome activites introduce biology aces to heredity, chromosomal abnormalities, sex-linked traits, and the human genome. The hands-on activites are fairly simple for the teacher to prepare and will prove to be both...
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PPT
Curated OER

Genetics and the Work of Mendel

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Excellent examples and clear diagrams in this PowerPoint will help you explain the genetics of alleles and the combinations of hybrid crosses. A high school class would appreciate having this student copy of the PowerPoint as the images...
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PPT
Curated OER

Gregor Mendel: Monk and Scientist

For Teachers 7th
This is a visually attractive PowerPoint that summarizes the life of Gregor Mendel and the genetic traits that he detailed.  Each slide has clear bullet points and lovely images that are helpful and relevant
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

DNA Extraction

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Young scholars discover the basic structure of DNA and its function in living organisms by conducting an experiment in which they extract DNA from bananas using a lysis buffer solution.
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Genetics Practice 3: Probability Practice

For Students 9th - 12th
Practice calculating genetic probability, listing gametes, and identifying genotypes. The activity combines short answer questions with practice problems to solve. It would make a revealing review assignment or even a practical pop quiz...
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Genes within Populations

For Students 11th - Higher Ed
Finally, here is a genetics worksheet that does not include Punnett squares! Designed for a more advanced class, biology learners will compare Lamarck's concept of evolution with Darwin's. They will explore the Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium...
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PPT
Curated OER

Mendel's Laws of Heredity

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Easy-to-read notes about Mendel's Laws of Heredity make up this collection of slides. In bullet-point style, viewers are exposed to Mendel's pea plant experimentation and the rules he developed that govern genetics. There are no graphics...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Families and Heredity

For Teachers 6th
Personality traits and physical appearance traits within families are the focus here. Learners make a poster which lists the shared physical traits they have with their family. Peers look at each poster and write down the traits they see...
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PPT
Curated OER

Science Jeopardy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Wow! Review an entire semester of biology curriculum playing this Science Jeopardy game! The variety of topics is extremely broad, so you will need to review each question to find if they all apply to your course. As you find material...
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PPT
Curated OER

genetics

For Teachers 7th
Parts of the cell as well as genetic material begin this presentation.  As the slides continue, there are explanations of the main terms used in genetics.  The structure of genetic material, chromosomes, and replication are summarized....
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Lesson Plan
University of Washington

Toothpick Fish

For Teachers 6th - 8th
With colored toothpicks representing genes, youngsters practice passing them through generations of fish and learn about heredity. Consider this as an introductory activity since it does not represent recessive genes with lowercase...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Forensic Files: A DNA Dilemma

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Seventh-graders come in to science class to find a file on their desks detailing a crime to be solved! As a demonstration, you simulate the restriction of DNA samples and separate them by electrophoresis. From the gel, learners can...
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Lesson Plan
Curated OER

Inherited Traits

For Teachers 6th - 7th
Students work with a partner to complete an inventory of their traits and compare and discuss their unique qualities. In this biology lesson, students determine percentages for the frequency of observed traits of classmates, compile the...
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Worksheet
Curated OER

Genetics Matching Worksheet

For Students 7th - 10th
Twenty-one genetics vocabulary terms are listed down the left side of the worksheet and numbered definitions in another column. Pupils match the definitions to the terms. A link to the answer key is provided. Where the content is sound,...