Cystic Fibrosis: A DNA Case Study

Around six percent of babies are born with serious genetic disorders. Young scientists learn more about what causes these disorders and the effect they have. They begin with a case study of cystic fibrosis before expanding to research other disorders to better understand genetics. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have a student with cystic fibrosis or a parent or other member of the community speak to the class
  • Invite a doctor in to talk about the importance of early detection and newborn screenings for genetic disorders
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of DNA and chromosome replication
Pros

  • Includes clear instructions for you and the pupils
  • Provides ways to combine reading and researching with movement
  • Offers opportunities for both individual and group work
Cons

  • None