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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. Discussion points and comprehension questions are provided for you, as well as links to the scientific background involved. This is sure to engage your biology class or your engineering class.
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. The volunteers come back into the classroom and track what happened based on symbols recorded throughout the simulation. A very visual demonstration of how genes are passed along!
Are you a non-ELA teacher looking to incorporate literacy skills and assignments into your curriculum? This lesson plan and its included worksheets are a great starting point for showing you how it's done. Although the lesson plan was originally intended to be used as part of a larger unit on genetics, the overall sequencing of the lesson plan as well as the rubrics, t-chart, writing and editing worksheets could all be used for a writing assignment on any topic. The lesson plan is very general, meaning you would have to supplement it in order to use is as intended (writing a persuasive essay on the pros and cons of cloning) but that is also what makes it a great resource to be adapted for your own specific purpose.  
Trace simple genetic patterns of inheritance through a small population. Your high schoolers create a family pedigree that traces a genetic condition through several generations.
In this basics of genetics worksheet, students review the concepts of genetic inheritance by writing the alleles for genetic traits inherited in offspring. They identify dominant and recessive traits given allele pairs, answer five questions about genetic crosses, practicing monohybrid and dihybrid crosses, and complete sex-linked and incomplete dominance crosses.
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.
In this genetics instructional activity, students answer a variety of questions about genotypes, phenotypes, genetic inheritance, and traits. They solve for the probability of genotypes and phenotypes of offspring by completing monohybrid and dihybrid crosses. They answer questions about sex linked traits, incomplete dominance and pedigree charts.
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! The lesson even addresses X and Y chromosomes for the baby's gender. This memorable activity reinforces concepts of heredity and gives teens practice in using genetics language. 
Students study genetic manipulations and identify the solutions that could help to solve a problem.  In this genetics lesson students divide into groups and research genetics for a debate. 
Keep your students up-to-date on the growing field of genetic engineering with these lesson plans.
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.
In this genetics practice worksheet, high schoolers answer fifteen questions about homozygous and heterozygous genotypes and simple monohybrid crosses of traits. They determine genotype and phenotype ratios by completing Punnett squares for each cross.
What is all the fuss about genetically modified foods? PBS provides this resource designed to supplement the documentary Food, Inc. to help learners investigate the benefits and controversies of genetically modified foods for individuals and companies. The lesson culminates with each pupil taking a position and writing a paper either for or against genetically modified seeds.
Students examine and discuss different current issues related to genetics, such as cloning, GMOs, etc. They research current articles and brainstorm concepts related to genetics.
Students examine genetic information that is within a cell.  In this genetics instructional activity students view videos on DNA and genes then explain a cells function. 
Students explore inheritance patterns of diseases. In this genetic instructional activity, students explain how recessive genes may cause human disorders. They identify and research five genetic disorders and present their findings to the class.
High schoolers study genetics by role playing.  For this genetics lesson students play the role of a doctor and interpret genetic test results. 
Students study genetics and how it correlates to disease.  In this investigative lesson students view videos on genetic testing and different diseases associated with genetics. 
Students 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.
Pupils investigate public policy regarding genetic research and have formed an educated opinion on what they believe the government role should be.