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Genetic Markers: Connecting the Dots
Biology buffs simulate how genetic markers are passed among populations in order to understand how these markers can help anthropologists map human migration. A couple of volunteers leave the room while you walk the remaining learners through the simulation.
8th - 12th Science 41 Views 46 Downloads
Genes, Environment and Genetic Complexity: What can Personal Genetics Tell Us about Aggression in Humans?
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.
9th - 12th Science 18 Views 12 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 27 Views 19 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 7 Views 2 Downloads CCSS: Designed
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 3 Views 1 Download CCSS: Designed
'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 156 Views 320 Downloads
Genetic Research: Decisions to be Made
Students examine the genetics involved in the human genome. They brainstorm the advantages and disadvantages to this discovery. They research different experts opinion and write a case study which addresses an ethical dilemma.
9th - 12th Science 7 Views 47 Downloads
Should the Government Regulate Genetic Testing?
To prepare for an informed discussion of some of the issues involved in the controversy surrounding the regulation of genetic testing, class members read an annotated article that details how the issue is presented in film and literature, an article that summarizes the basic arguments for and against regulation, and study a fact sheet.
7th - 10th Language Arts 5 Views 4 Downloads
Should the United States Support the Development of More Biotechnology to Genetically Modify Food?
The controversy surrounding GMOs is food for debate. With the abundance of articles that can be garnered from various media sources, a skill-building activity that teaches learners how to carry on a balanced, informed discussion of this and other hot-button topics is essential.
7th - 10th Language Arts 6 Views 6 Downloads
Comprehend that many human characteristics-all physical traits and possibly many personality traits-are determined by our genetic makeup. These activities demonstate that all physical traits are genetically determined, some evidence shows that certain personality traits are determined by conditions and events that occur after a person's birth.
6th - 8th Science 26 Views 110 Downloads
Inheritance of Genetic Disorders
Students explore inheritance patterns of diseases. For this genetic lesson, students explain how recessive genes may cause human disorders. They identify and research five genetic disorders and present their findings to the class.
9th - 12th Science 21 Views 49 Downloads
Genetic Testing for Disease Susceptibility
High schoolers explore how testing for particular genetic variations can help people to make decisions in lifestyle and health care choices. They analyze a Web-based case study, participate in class discussion, view video segments and formulate an opinion about genetic testing.
9th - 12th Health 3 Views 9 Downloads
Genetics -- Midway Review
Learners spend the lesson reviewing for their Genetics exam. In groups, they compare and contrast the structures of DNA and RNA and discuss how DNA can cause mutations. To end the lesson, they share their knowledge on the contributions of various scientists to this field.
9th - 12th Science 4 Views 13 Downloads