Human Genetics Teacher Resources
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Introduction to Human Genetics
Learners build interest and enthusiasm for the study of human genetics. The lesson consists of a slide presentation showing everything from common human genetic tendencies to celebrating our differences, yet realizing how very much we all are alike.
Variations on a Human Face Lab
Ninth graders gain an application level understanding of probability, symmetry, and ratios and rates that exists in one's everyday environment relative to human genetics.
Molecular Medicine Comes of Age
Students simulate the roles of employees of two fictional pharmaceutical companies to analyze how human genetic variation at a molecular level helps scientist better understand and treat disease. They explain the molecular structure of disease-related genes and how they corresponds with treatment.
Genes-R-Us: or, Real Genetics For Real Students
Learners explore genetics and genetic counseling. They research information on human genetic disorders. Students simulate developing a complete counseling service to assist the community.
Human Genetic Disorder Probabilities
In this genetic disorders worksheet, students complete punnett squares for six different human genetic disorders. They predict the outcome of the offspring including the phenotypes and genotypes of each.
Human Genetics-- Class Tally: Do You Have a Hitchhiker's Thumb?
In this science worksheet, students study diversity in human genetics by participating in a class survey and generating a tally graph. Students are asked if they have a "hitchhiker's thumb" and the results are displayed on the tally graph. There are close- up photographs to help students match their own thumbs to the right picture.
Learners investigate the human genome. In this science lesson, students identify the different genes and chromosomes that make up the human body. They create a map of the different chromosomes.
Human Genetics and Heredity
Students choose topics for research based on human genetics and heredity. They conduct research via the Internet and write a brief explanation of the milestone in genetics and heredity and attach it to a class timeline. They share their research findings.
Human Genetics Disorders
For this human genetics disorders worksheet, students define genetic disorder and identify the two causes of genetic disorder. Students complete a table on genetic disorders. Students answer several questions about pedigrees and how to manage genetic disorders.
Human Genetics Word Find
In this science worksheet, students analyze 12 vocabulary words pertaining to human genetics and locate them in the word search puzzle.
This is a instructional activity regarding human genetics where students can poll the class regarding specific traits.
Human Genetics-- Complete the Sentences
For this science worksheet, learners demonstrate basic knowledge of human genetics by completing 6 sentences. There is no information on the page but a word bank is provided.
From Genomes of Species
Students investigate genomic research being done and its potential for understanding, treating, and possibly curing human genetic conditions. The potential of proteomic research as a companion to the work being done with genomics is examined in this less
Human Genetics Research Report
Young scholars write a research paper in first person on a human genetics condition.
Human Genetics: Yes/No Exercise
In this science worksheet, students demonstrate their knowledge of human genetics by completing a Yes/No exercise. Students read the statement about genes and DNA and agree or disagree with it. No information is given on the page; prior knowledge is assumed.
Comparing mtDNA Sequences to Learn about Human Variation
This computer-based lesson will enable students to test their notions of "racial" similarity and difference by comparing mtDNA sequences as the students do in the first episode of RACE - The Power of an Illusion.
Who am I and Why?
Students make comparisons about themselves and others, which are real and meaningful. They study some basic concepts in the area of genetics and do a complimentary series of experiments, or explorations that illustrate these concepts
Genographic's Legacy: Preservation and Projections
Students examine the legacy they might leave behind in perservation of documents and artifacts. Using the internet, they discover ways in which this project is impacted by technological advancements. They role play the role of researcher and document they contributions of indigenous groups. They share how the communities are being threatened and possible solutions to these problems with the class.
Are You Susceptible?
Students play a game to explore the relationship between genetic variation and environmental factors in the onset of heart disease. They consider the implications for disease prevention of increased knowledge about genetic variation.
Take Home Lab: What Are Some Traits in Your Family?
High schoolers use this following the study of pedigree designs and human genetics. Four pedigree designs are prepared of your (student's) family's genetics. They construct the pedigree representing two, three, or four generations.