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What is cancer? And why don't we all have it? These concepts are explored and tumor suppressor genes are introduced in this animated feature. This nutshell of information is fully packed and makes an outstanding resource for your biology class!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Students study genes and the new information on genetics.  In this genes lesson students write essays on their information on genetics. 
The highlight of this lesson is a 53-minute investigative video, Can Science Stop Crime?" The question asked is whether or not aggressive behavior is caused by genetic factors. The answer has to do with genetic complexity, the concept that many genes contribute to some of our traits. After watching, reading, and learning, junior geneticists analyze the bioethics revolving around genetic testing.
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 in-depth lesson plans and hands-on activities to use with your biology classes when studying natural selection or heredity.
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!
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. For this gene lesson, 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 examine how genes are passed on to offspring.  In this inheritance lesson students use a Punnett square to demonstrate the liklihood of trait inheritance
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.