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Debating the Social and Ethical Issues in Personal Genetics and Sports
How might genetic testing impact and transform the nature of athletic sports? After reading a New York Times article on genetic testing for children to determine athletic ability, class members are broken into groups and take on the roles of parents, students, and doctors in various hypothetical scenarios involving such testing.
9th - 12th Science 32 Views 25 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Genes, Environment and Genetic Complexity: What can Personal Genetics Tell Us about Aggression in Humans?
The highlight of this lesson plan 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.
9th - 12th Science 28 Views 16 Downloads CCSS: Designed
"Panel of Experts" Debate: Genomes for All? Debating the Merits and Risks of Direct-to-Consumer Online Genetic Testing
If you knew that you were likely to develop Alzheimer's disease in your future, how would it affect your life in the meantime? This and other similar thought-provoking questions are discussed in a lesson about the availability of consumer-style genetic testing.
9th - 12th Science 10 Views 5 Downloads CCSS: Designed
The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes
Adaptations must be made as environments change. This fabulous presentation features Icelandic icefish, a transparent, scaleless specimen that even has colorless blood. Genetics and adaptations concepts are explored as scientists study the DNA that is expressed as an antifreeze protein.
9th - Higher Ed Science 23 Views 17 Downloads
History, Eugenics and Genetics
A poignant 20-slide show introduces high schoolers to the amazing accomplishments of genomics and raises the question of eugenics. This activity is only for mature audiences, as it deals with rape and other sensitive topics, but it is carefully written and highly valuable.
9th - 12th Science 10 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Designed
Diving into Iceland's Genetic Pool
Investigate ethical issues surrounding the Decode project in Iceland. Middle and high schoolers take the positions of the Icelandic government, scientific researchers, and citizens and defend or refute the Decode project in a Reykjavik town hall meeting.
8th - 12th Language Arts 6 Views 109 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
How Mendel's Pea Plants Helped Us Understand Genetics
A brief animation introduces heredity to your beginning biologists. They will meet Gregor Mendel's green and yellow peas, dominant and recessive traits, homozygous and heterozygous alleles, and Punnett squares. In this cartoon animation, the peas all have arms, legs, and facial features.
3 mins 7th - 9th Science 63 Views 51 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Genetics, Jobs, and Discrimination: Will Genetic Knowledge Shape Our Career Paths?
Your class will read an overview of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, passed in 2008 and address the question of whether or not genetic information should be used to influence our career paths. In jigsaw style, they then are given different news articles to read and teach to others in the class.
9th - 12th Science 4 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Designed
What is DNA and How Does it Work?
Explaining exactly how DNA works to provide genetic information is a complex topic, but it is presented in a clear and engaging way through a five-minute video. Have learners try to explain how DNA works before watching the video, then again after watching to see how their understanding has improved.
5 mins 6th - 12th Science 23 Views 15 Downloads
'Hunger Games' Science: Investigating Genetically Engineered Organisms
In The Hunger Games novel and movie, a futuristic, dystopian society is the setting. In it, a genetically engineered bird escapes control of the government. Using this as a starting point, teenagers examine the realistic possibility of do-it-yourself biology by reading a newspaper article about it.
7th - 12th Science 169 Views 330 Downloads
Reebops: A “Model” Organism for Teaching Genetic Concepts
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 antennae, nose color, number of body segments, leg color, and more!
6th - 12th Science 91 Views 88 Downloads
Become familiar with the basic concepts of inheritance. Your junior high students work through mulitple examples of crosses and calculate probabilities of trait occurance. The explain the concept that each parent contributes one half of the genetic material for each offspring.
5th - 8th Science 63 Views 417 Downloads
Tracing Genetic Ancestry Using DNA Microarrays
High school learners read and discuss an article about genetic ancestry and genetic ancestry testing. They complete a paper and pencil activity that mimics the function of a DNA microarray and consider the ethics of genetic testing in medical research.
9th - 12th Science 9 Views 80 Downloads
Genetic Testing: Road Map or Crystal Ball?
After looking at the many aspects of the issues behind genetic testing, learners are exposed to the pros and cons and must take a stand by writing a position paper. They will view the "Who Gets to Know?" video and/or reading case studies from the Our Genes/Our Choices series.
9th - 12th Science 8 Views 21 Downloads
Dragon Genetics ~ Independent Assortment and Genetic Linkage
Imagine a pair of dragons that produce offspring and determine the percentage of the hatchlings have wings and large antlers. This fantastic activity draws genetics learners in, introduces them to alleles, meiosis, phenotypes, genotypes, and teaches them how to use Punnett squares.
9th - Higher Ed Science 95 Views 181 Downloads
Young scholars identify relationships between scientific concepts and their historical roots. They discuss and debate issues of ethics in science, specifically on the concept of genetic engineering and describe the processes of cloning and genetic engineering.
10th - 12th Science 22 Views 28 Downloads
Genetic Variation Worksheet
Fill- in-the-blank, labeling, and short answer questions make up this well-written cell division worksheet. Neat diagrams of chromosomes and dividing cells are included. Junior biologists show what they know about reproduction, meiosis, fertilization, karyotypes, and genetic variation.
9th - 12th Science 73 Views 189 Downloads
Nine pages of material on inheritance make up this handout. It begins with a reading on alleles and how they can result in albinism. A chromosome modeling activity and questions follow. Junior geneticists learn to complete Punnett squares and participate in a coin toss simulation of allele pairing.
7th - Higher Ed Science 135 Views 325 Downloads