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Complex problems require complex solutions. After reading a news article about how the tradition of wife inheritance in many African countries has contributed to the spread of AIDS, class members participate in a Paideia seminar and consider possible solutions to the problem. Complete directions for the Paideia seminar, a seminar questions handout, and the Washington Post article are included. Well worth a preview.
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.
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 slve a case of unclear heredity using three lines of evidence and knowledge gained from the lesson plan in this biology lesson plan about Mendelian inheritance. The lesson plan includes handouts and a question sheet for final, individual assessment.
Eighth graders differentiate learned and inherited behaviors. In this biology lesson, 8th graders research three learned and inherited behaviors of an animal they chose. They discuss why they classified these behaviors as such.
Students determine how a woman's estate is divided among her beneficiaries according to Islamic inheritance law. They add and subtract fractions.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 9 short answer and essay questions about Inherit the WindStudents may check some of their answers online.
In this genetics worksheet, students answer a variety of questions about inheritance, DNA, the genetic code, genes, sexual and asexual reproduction, mutations, protein synthesis and genetic engineering.
In this online interactive reading comprehension instructional activity, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's Inherit the WindStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
Students explore the mode of inheritance of chromosomes. Given a scenario, students use the Human Genome sheet to determine inherited chromosomes. They illustrate the difference between genotype and phenotype. Students develop a model using chromosomes.
Fifth graders list the traits they get from their parents and distinguish between inherited traits from acquired ones. They assess how to recognize influences that may affect body types and sizes and research on the internet heredity and environment.
Students explore incomplete dominance inheritance by learning about the survivors of the Black Death and completing Punnett Squares.
Learners explore heredity by examining how traits are passed from parent to offspring. Genetic terminology is examined and examples of inherited traits discussed. calculating genetic probability is also investigated in this lesson.
Young scholars analyze genetic patterns. In this pedigree instructional activity, students determine dominant or recessive inheritance. They construct a human pedigree from genetic information.
Pupils 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 pupils, students decipher code problems, draw each problem, and predict what would happen if the codes were changed.
Students examine inheritance of blood types.  In the chromosome lesson, students create a model of chromosome and predict the blood type of offspring.
Students read the play "Inherit the Wind" about the Scopes "Monkey" Trial. In groups, they choose their favorite scene and create a diorama dipicting the scene as they see it. They watch a recording of the play and compare it to their version of the play.
Is it nature or nurture? In an easily adaptable kinesthetic activity to introduce genetics, learners group themselves based on a variety of categories. They will quickly find that some characteristics are easy to put in order, while others have gray areas. One suggested modification is to select a different category each day during your genetics unit for kids to group themselves, providing some movement in class each day, as well as allowing your pupils to learn more about each other.
In this literature worksheet, students respond to 5 short answer and essay questions about Inherit the WindStudents may also link to an online interactive quiz on the novel at the bottom of the page.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 12 multiple choice questions about Inherit the WindStudents may submit their answers to be scored.