this middle school activity
for teaching genetics and environmental science called "Toothpick
students do this "An Inventory of My Traits" activity .
" Traits Bingo" .
students do this "Genetic/Blood
Types" Crossword Puzzle and answers.
flip coins to determine
traits for their smiley faces in this "Genetics with a Smile"
activity. Directions for using Microsoft
are here ,
wrap-up activities are here ,
and teacher instructions are here .
these "Genetics with Sponge
Bob" worksheets: "Genetics with Sponge Bob" ,
"Genetics with Sponge Bob 2" ,
"Sponge Bob Genetics--Incomplete Dominance",
and "Sponge Bob Genetics Quiz" .
the "World of Genetics" Wordsearch
Principles of Genetics"
crossword puzzle with solution.
Greatest Miracle" videos using Quicktime
or Real Player
and have students answer the
questions in this
worksheet. The entire video can be ordered as a DVD at the PBS
Store or Amazon.com.
students do Mrs.
Rebello's "Online Research fo a
Genetic Disorder" .
you happen to be covering this
unit around Easter, try "Easter
Egg Genetics." This
activity uses plastic Easter
eggs and candy
that students can later eat.
version, called "Plastic
Egg Genetics" ,
includes a student worksheet.
the free DVD, "The
Meaning of Sex: Genes and Gender"
from the Howard
Institute and try any of the
numerous activities in this "Biointeractive"
Human Genome Project" has many downloadable
activities along with the "Exploring Our Molecular Selves"
The site also has online
videos with transcripts.
has an entire "Sickle
Cell Anemia: A Case Study Approach to Teaching High School Genetics"
unit that includes worksheets and labs. The two videos in the
"Blood is Life" and "Children By Design," can be ordered from the Films
Science Learning Center's
"A Tree of Genetic Traits"
is a good middle school activity.
good middle school activity
is Genetic Science Learning
Recipe for Traits" .
In this activity, by randomly choosing strips of paper that represent
students create then decode a "DNA recipe" to complete a drawing of a
"Generations of Traits,"
a hands-on activity from Genetic
Science Learning Center,
track and record the passage of colored "pom-pom traits" through three
generations of ginger-bread people. It's a good middle school
Foods?" in this Teacher's
must register for free
to access.) lesson. It includes videos, readings and flash
Issues in the Human Genome Project" is another Teacher's
Domain lesson that includes
videos, readings, and a "Should
We Create Babies by Design?"
- Another Teacher's
lesson is "The
Human Genome Project."
This lesson again includes
interactives, and instructions for a Jeopardy
- This "Marshmallow Meiosis" lab
is a "Breeding Rebops" lab.
from "Breeding Rebops,",
"The Inheritance Patterns in Dragons"
has students create a dragon (of the Harry
books fame) from
the chromosomes of both parents. The original activity was
Volunteers for Science. I simply added the
chromosomes to it.
Moore from Wooster
High School in Reno, NV
developed three great "Zork Genetics"
The activities, "Zork Genetics" ,
"More Zork Genetics" ,
and "Zork Inheritance" ,
should be done in conjunction with one another, but it is not
You can email Rodger at home, firstname.lastname@example.org,
or at school, email@example.com,
if you have any questions about the activities.
the movie "Lorenzo's Oil," about a boy who develops a genetic disease
so rare that nobody was working on a cure when the movie was made. I
was informed that Nicole Baumann, a French scientist who's lab is at
'lHopitale de la Salpetriere in Paris, is currently one of the few
scientists doing research on the disease. Jim Marilley from
Listserve contributed this worksheet
to accompany the movie along with this lesson plan
which were authored by by the Executive Board of the Biology Teachers
Roller Coaster of Genes"
is a clever PowerPoint
about inheritance of traits.
It has music in the
background with the words that Annette
M. Parrott, the
can sing along as the presentation plays. (You may need to
download the presentation and save it on your own computer for the
music to play.)
- "Genetics" is
a good tutorial and worksheet
combined that covers many topics in genetics. These teacher
Schroeder from the NSTA
Listserver provided this "Human
your students listen to "I'm
My Own Grandpa" song and try the
Check their answers with this
possible solution to the pedigree .
called "Codon Analogies" with
students try this "Genetic Engineering" crossword
puzzle with answers.
Typing” online game
you have to blood type
each patient and give them a blood transfusion.
simulates the genetics of a quantitative character. The user can breed
to estimate the heritability of spot number, then conduct a selective
experiment to see if the heritability multiplied by the selection
predicts the response to selection. It includes a tutorial
Traits in Harry Potter"
from the National
Institute of Health's National Library of Medicine's website
is a very extensive lesson on gentics and the genetics of the Harry
Potter characters. It
presentations, student worksheets (in pdf and Word)
and their explanation of the Magic ability shows the complexity of the
trait to include what causes "Squibs," those with magical parents who
have little magical ability.
Frequencies and Sickle Cell Anemia Lab".
Blue People of Troublesome Creek,"
check out the "Blue
show the "Blue People of Troublesome Creek" PowerPoint
and do this associated laboratory
the principles of Mendelian
genetics with this "Dragon Genetics" Lab
with teacher notes .
students explore transgenic
manipulation with this computer "Engineer a Crop: Transgenic
pennies to do this "How Well
Does a Punnet Square Predict the Actual Ratios?" lab .
pipecleaners and beads to
show how genes and chromosomes are inherited in this "Pipecleaner
Babies" lab. Includes
teacher preparation notes.
out pieces of fruit to collect
them for this "Collect
Your Own Drosophila Lab."
about the genetics of parethood
by creating Aliens in the "Baby
Boom" web lab.
flip pennies to determine
the traits of their "children" and draw their faces in "The Genetics of
Parenthood - FACE LAB" .
use this "Genotype to Phenotypye
booklet with these chromosomes
to create your baby's face. This is a slightly more advanced
Student Volunteers for Science also developed this
lab. It includes the recipe for making the fake
also produced this
presentation to accompany it.
- In "Doing
Your Lessons in Blood" students Identify
which blood type a
would have based on their alleles, observe
the alleles that an
would have and identify the blood types of the offspring, and use the observations and rules
from this to predict the blood types of other offspring, when given the
genotypes of their parents.
- "Using Blood Tests to Identify
has students use blood types to
identify the parents of a baby and a killer. The second part
involves blood testing for which you could use a commerical blood
testing kit or the recipes in the "Inheritance of Blood Typing" lab
above. These teacher notes
- Try this "Gummy Bear Genetic"
lab from The Science Teacher.
- Or do this "Paper Pets"
- In the "Making Babies: Blood
students use red, white, and blue
beads to represent the alleles for blood types.
- A good middle school lab is the
"Genetics of Sesame Street Characters" .
J.T. Sanders of the NSTA
Listserve created this worksheet
to go with the lab
along with this one.
You may also
want to use these pictures of Sesame Street characters .
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