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New! The Effect of Natural Selection on Genes, Traits and Individuals
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!
From Gene to Protein WebQuest
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.
New! How Novel Icefish Genes Can Improve Health
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.
Middle schoolers 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 middle schoolers 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.
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.
Young scholars explain the concept of gene sequence analysis. In this gene lesson plan, students draw inferences about phylogenetic similarities of different organisms.
Gene Cloning Worksheet #1
In this gene cloning learning exercise, 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.
Learners 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.
Genes and Inheritance
Students 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 students, students decipher code problems, draw each problem, and predict what would happen if the codes were changed.
Understanding: The Power of Genes
Students study genes and the new information on genetics. In this genes lesson students write essays on their information on genetics.
New! The Case of Regulation in Cells
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.
Ghost in Your Genes
High schoolers explore DNA microarrays. For this genetics lesson, students model DNA microarrays that are used by scientists. High schoolers work to determine levels of breast cancer genes in patients. They will determine the treatment required based on their findings.
Fancy Fish: Gene Frequency
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.
Basic Introduction to Foundation of Life: Genes, Genetics and Genetic Diseases
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 plan, they discover the factors that cause genes to mutate.
What Happens to Genes During Sexual Reproduction?
Students examine how genes are passed on to offspring. In this inheritance instructional activity students use a Punnett square to demonstrate the liklihood of trait inheritance
Sequencing the Cystic Fibrosis Gene: A Simulation
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.
Control of Eukaryotic Genes
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.
Evolution and Gene Frequencies: A Game of Survival and Reproductife Success
Students research the population of Bengal tigers and their existence as either dominant or recessive. They explore the presence of fur on these tigers and its lethal combinations. Determinating the effect of random mating in a population of tigers possessing a recessive gene.