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Rotating through five stations, evolutionary biologists explore the question of how changes in DNA facilitate the changes in a population over time. High-quality, colorful cards of animals, skeletons, skulls, and DNA sequences can all be laminated for repetitive use at stations where learners investigate adaptations, morphology, genes, and analogous and homologous structures. This is a top-notch resource to help make your class fit for survival!
A terrific WebQuest is outlined here for your young scientists. They will learn about how proteins are made by following the instructions given to them from genes. Before the WebQuest begins, there are some terrific "front loading" activities and worksheets present in the plan. The WebQuest is easy to follow, and the culminating activity is quite good. A very fine middle to high school biology lesson plan.
Designed to accompany the 13-minute video The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes, this handout serves as both a viewing guide during the video and an analysis of how the adaptations of the icefish might help treat some human ailments. Additionally, there is an extension activity, which includes an essay outline for budding biologists to write more in-depth about the potential benefits to human health that could come from understanding more about the icefish. Add more time to the recommended duration if you choose to have your class do the extension activity. 
Students come to understand that in sexually reproducing organisms, such as humans, typically half of the genes come from each parent. Students examine a fictional pedigree and determine which gene is responsible for a given trait. The genetic information for individuals is depicted as a jigsaw puzzle. Terms that students encounter include gene; chromosome; DNA; pedigree; genotype; phenotype; dominant; and recessive.
Students describe the economic relationship between farmers, consumers, and food companies. They examine the issues regarding the reactions of consumers in this country and other countries to the use of gene-altered crops in food products by reading and discussing "New Trade Threat for U.S. Farmers." Students then write a personal essay expressing their own views on the issues raised in various articles.
Geneticists manipulate Punnett squares to determine the patterns of dominant and recessive gene influence on first and second generations of humans and plants. The technology-based lesson plan employs a variety of media for exploring heredity and is ideal for the middle school life science classroom.
Students explore how genes, including those that cause disease, are passed from one generation to the next. They explore the connection between an organism's genes and its traits.
Students study the relationship between several vocabulary words and identify the connection between genes and traits.  In this gene inheritance lesson students gain understanding on mutations and how it can be passed on and what the chances are of inheriting a mutation.
Pupils explore genes and inheritance. After listening to a story describing a rare genetic disease, students discuss inheritance and how living things pass on traits to their children. In groups pupils, students decipher code problems, draw each problem, and predict what would happen if the codes were changed.
Students study genes and the new information on genetics.  In this genes lesson plan students write essays on their information on genetics. 
After your biologists have learned about transcription, translation, and gene regulation, they work in a small group to create a poster of a system that serves as an analogy of the gene regulation process. They share their creations with the rest of the class, making this an entertaining way to wrap up a unit on gene activities.
Students explore how gene sequence analysis can be used to examine phylogenetic similarities of different organisms. Students work in groups to simulate a gel electrophoresis separation of fragments using poster board to create their gel.
Students explain the concept of gene sequence analysis. In this gene lesson plan, students draw inferences about phylogenetic similarities of different organisms.
In this gene cloning worksheet, students are given a gene sequence of DNA, plasmid DNA, 3 restriction enzymes, their cut patterns and a DNA ligase. They answer 6 questions about the results of using different restriction enzymes to cut the gene sequence and how they would go about inserting the gene into the plasmid DNA.
Students explore DNA microarrays. In this genetics lesson, students model DNA microarrays that are used by scientists. Students work to determine levels of breast cancer genes in patients. They will determine the treatment required based on their findings.
High school biology learners simulate gene flow within a population of fish. They hold colored fish cards as identification and carry "Good & Plenty®” candies to represent alleles, the recessive homozygous of which is lethal. You will need to construct the fish cards and set obstacles up around the room for fish to swim around. 
Students are introduced to genetics along with genetic diseases and heredity. In groups, they complete a Punnett Square to determine the dominant and recessive genes. After viewing diagrams, they identify the characteristics of DNA and demonstrate the processes of Meiosis and Mitosis. To end the lesson, they discover the factors that cause genes to mutate.
Students examine how genes are passed on to offspring.  For this inheritance lesson students use a Punnett square to demonstrate the liklihood of trait inheritance
Ninth graders use this activity to simulate the sequencing of gene and to detect the presence of possible genetic defects. They use diagrams that represent bands of nucleotides in order to determine the sequence of a small piece of the CF gene. Students make comparisons between base sequences of pairs of chromosomes from individuals who are not affected by CF and those who are.
Covering the molecular interactions involved with DNA packing and the control of gene activity in depth, this slideshow is useful for higher-level biology students. The biochemical components of protein translation are diagrammed and labeled, and will be much clearer when the are displayed in this manner.