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Genetics & Heredity

Passing it on


Human beings are ultimately nothing but carriers-passageways- for genes.
They ride us into the ground like racehorses from generation to generation. Genes don't think about what constitutes good or evil. They don't care whether we are happy or unhappy. We're just means to an end for them. The only thing they think about is what is most efficient for them.

Haruki Mirakami

Hands-on lessons, Labs, & Activities
  Edible DNA Model - make a model of DNA with candy
  Other versions of the above lab
    Have Your DNA and Eat it Too - from the Genetic Science
      Learning Center
    Edible DNA - from BrightHub
  Easter Egg Genetics - there are several versions of this lesson
    on the internet. The original is from Access Excellence, but a quick
    search will bring up an assortment of choices, all with similar
    instructions. This is my version of a student sheet for the activity.
  Dragon Genetics - like Easter Egg Genetics, there are multiple
    versions of this lesson easily available on the 'net. Some are a
    little advanced for middle school (IMO). This is my take on it.
  Baby Face Lab - classic lab where students flip a coin to
    determine the traits of a baby
  Bean Genes - practice making predictions from monohybrid crosses
  Blending Butterflies - students explore adaptations by designing
    and camouflaging butterflies
    Butterfly pattern
  Breeding Bunnies - investigate changes in gene frequency
  Chromobugs - a series of activities to help students understand
    the ideas of genetics and heredity
    Short version of the lesson
    Full lesson - takes several days
    Chromobug Chronicle - for use with the full lesson
    Chromobug chromosome template
  DNA Extraction - using dried peas
    PowerPoint for above lesson
    Analysis sheet for above lesson
  Genetics & Fingerprints - fun, easy lab
  Fishsticks - students explore inherited and acquired traits
  Fishsticks - advanced version of above
    PowerPoint for Fishsticks lessons
    Toothpick Fish - slightly different version of above.
    Spreadsheet for Toothpick Fish
  From One Generation to the Next - students simulate the to
    transmission of genetic information of grandparents, to parents,
  Genes in Motion: Mitosis - lesson from the National Human
    Genome Research Institute
  Genetics Scavenger Hunt - quick, easy lesson to introduce
    genes. Students observe the traits of classmates.
  Genetic Variation - Lesson from National DNA Day, 2008
  Genetics in Harry Potter’s World - From the NIH; Phenotypes &
    Genotypes, Dominant & Recessive Traits. Punnett Square
  Genetics in Harry Potter’s World Lesson 2 - From the NIH;
    Beyond Mendelian Inheritance, Genetics of Magical Ability
  Monster Genetics - Punnett Square Review
  Smiley Genetics - investigate dominant and recessive genes
  Which Gender? - an investigation into the genetics of gender
Multimedia and Online Resources
  DNA, Chromosomes, & Genes PowerPoint
  Genetic Material PowerPoint
  Genetics Review PowerPoint
  Introduction to Genetics PowerPoint
  Punnett Squares PowerPoint
  Weird Genetics PowerPoint
  Structure of DNA - great video from the Amoeba Sisters
  GORGEOUS video from Frank Gregorio - check out all of his stuff!
Review, Reinforcement, and Assessment Lessons and Activities
  3D/Interactive Graphic Organizer - Dominant - Recessive
  3D/Interactive Graphic Organizer - Dominant - Recessive 2
  3D/Interactive Graphic Organizer - Genotype - Phenotype
  3D/Interactive Graphic Organizer - Homozygous - Heterozygous
  3D/Interactive Graphic Organizer - Punnett Square
  3D/Interactive Graphic Organizer - Traits
  3D/Interactive Graphic Organizer - Types of dominance
  Graphic Organizer - DNA definition
  Graphic Organizer - Genetics vocabulary
  Exit Ticket - Heredity
  Exit Ticket - Punnett square
  Warm-up questions PowerPoint - read how I use these on my
  Genetics Vocabulary Quizlet
  Word Wall
  Quizlet with Word Wall vocabulary

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