Genome: The Secret of How Life Works

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What do you have in common with a fruit fly? About 60 percent of your DNA. The resource, divided into two units, is intended for grades four to eight and another for high schoolers. Both units include eight lessons covering the genome as well as dominant and recessive genes. Most lessons are hands-on activities or research-based projects.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Work with math and language arts teachers in this cross-curricular unit for more cohesiveness
  • Incorporate the unit in April, as April 25 is National DNA Day
Classroom Considerations
  • Prior knowledge of genetics, traits, and Mendel is expected for all levels
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
  • Includes extensions, modifications, and additional resources for every lesson
  • Provides math connections to probability, fractions, and percent
  • Offers writing prompts to learners who need them
  • Curriculum was written to support an exhibit that no longer exists, but the resource can be used without it