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Students examine different levels of organization in biological systems for structure and function relationships.  In this biological systems lesson, students use Internet resources to look at structure and function in the eye, the cell, protein synthesis, and sickle cell anemia.  Resources and detailed instructions are provided. 
Students investigate how selective forces like food, predation and diseases affect evolution. In this genetics lesson, students use red and white beans to simulate the effect of malaria on allele frequencies. They analyze data collected from the experiment and answer analysis questions at the end of the lab.
Students solve problems like the following examples: 1. If you have 10,000 women, age 30, who have babies and one in 900 of these births will result in a Down syndrome baby, how many will have this disease? 2. 5,000 babies are born; 2,000 to women age 20, 3,000 to women age 40. How many of each group will give birth to a Down syndrome baby?
Students identify the different steps involved in DNA transcription. In this genetics lesson plan, students model the translation process. They watch a video on sickle cell anemia and explain how different alleles create this condition.
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. They also learn about sex determination, sickle-cell anemia, and pedigree analysis. This resource provides a variety of activities and information to support several days worth of genetics instruction.
After studying DNA replication and the genetics of inheritance, this slide show is useful for explaining specific mutations that can happen and result in an illness. Sickle cell anemia, and cystic fibrosis are explained on a genetic level. This slide could be used to start research about various other mutations that lead to illness, or maybe mutations that do not affect the quality of life.
Middle schoolers research about different genetic disorders. In this biology lesson, students create a poster highlighting facts about the disorder. They present their findings in class.
Students are presented with a scenario that requires them to electrophoreses human hemoglobin samples in order to confirm a diagnosis of sickle cell anemia and/or to determine whether individuals in the scenario are carriers of the sickle cell allele. They are asked to analyze the separation of the different types of hemoglobin on the gel.
Fourth graders study sickle-cell anemia.
Students study sickle cell anemia and other genetic disorders.  In this investigative instructional activity students create a poster and present it to the class on a certain disorder. 
Students research about sickle cell anemia. In this biology lesson plan, students explain the function of the circulatory system. They create a brochure about how a single mutation affects its function.
Although there are a few missing titles in this collection of slides, if your class has the support of a genetic disease lecture to accompany it, this resource will be very useful. The mechanism of genetic inheritance is covered. Flow charts and maps give information about genetics and culture.
Students explore genetics through various hands-on activities. In this biology lesson, students predict the probability of offspring genotypes and phenotypes using the Punnett Square. They explain the causes of genetic abnormalities.
Students in an alternative school setting for pregnant teens examine various facets of pregnancy including prenatal and postpartum testing, genetic influences, and additional risk factors. Through videos, hands-on activities, and small group discussions, they gain insights into the genetics of human development, birth defects, and other related topics. Activities include: constructing cell models and creating pregnancy timelines.
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. The exercises also illustrate the law of independent assortment and linked genes. The handout is ten pages long and will take days to work through, but it will definitely keep learners engaged!
Translate the process of protein synthesis to your molecular biologists with this instructional activity. It consists of reading, completing a table as a summary, comprehension questions, and a modeling activity for both transcription and translation. To conclude, the concepts are applied to the formation of sickle-cell hemoglobin. The worksheet actually makes a thorough lesson for introducing protein synthesis.
If you are looking for a great way to present natural selection in humans, look no further. This handout is intended to accompany the 14-minute video The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans, which can be found on the publisher's website. Before watching the video, learners read a page of information about sickle cell disease, then answer questions about sickle cell disease, and about the progress of science as a social process. Next, the video is shown, with pupils answering several higher-level thinking questions about concepts presented in the video. 
Should school and professional teams test athletes for sickle cell trait? Will it protect them by providing knowledge or lead to discrimination by not allowing them to participate in sports? After learning about this genetic disorder, high schoolers work in a group to take on a different role and a write proposal for a policy that reflects their viewpoint.
Six different chromosome activites introduce biology aces to heredity, chromosomal abnormalities, sex-linked traits, and the human genome. The hands-on activites are fairly simple for the teacher to prepare and will prove to be both educational and engaging. Use them in your biology class to supplement your genetics unit.
The basics of mutation types and some potential effects of those are described and diagrammed here. Each detail is very clear and includes the labels and translation change exhibited. A great slideshow to expand on DNA replication issues.

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