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Lesson plans, genetic educational materials, printable activity sheets, and other teaching resources for educators seeking to increase genetic and genomic literacy.

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Biostatistics

Basic Probability and Chi-Squared Tests (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: An expert authored advanced in-class exercise teaching critical skills for classic genetic analysis, including probability, making predictions, and assessment

Human Genetic Variation: A Flipped Classroom Exercise in Cultural Competency (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: An expert authored advanced in-class case discussion teaching concepts of population genetics and genetic variation.

Kids DO Science: Probability and Genetics (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Information, activities, and games that teach probability

Scitable Faculty Resources

Description: The Scitable faculty resource pages include a tool for creating virtual classrooms, the Scitable Faculty Discussion Group, and a variety of instructive courses for educators

Statistics Education Web (STEW)

Description: Statistics Education Web (STEW) Lesson plans on statistics for K-12 math and science teachers

Statistics Education Webinars

Description: Statistics webinars for math and science teachers

Biotechnology

What Can I Learn From Worms? Regeneration, Stem Cells, and Models (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A series of high quality lesson plans exploring a variety of topics including the cell cycle and the use of model species in biomedical research. You may need to register to view the lesson plans, but the plans and registration is free.

What Changes Our Minds? Toxicants, Exposure, and the Environment (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A series of lesson plans and laboratory experiments exploring the effects of environmental exposure to chemicals. You may need to register to view the plans, but the lesson plans and registration is free.

Cell Biology

Genes in Motion - Mitosis Lesson Guide (PDF 331.37 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Lesson plan on mitosis

Mitosis - The Dance of the Chromosomes (PDF 304.58 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A PowerPoint presentation on mitosis

Using Technology to Study Cellular and Molecular Biology (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A curriculum supplement for high school students exploring how technology advancements in cell biology have been used to enhanced health

What Can I Learn From Worms? Regeneration, Stem Cells, and Models (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A series of high quality lesson plans exploring a variety of topics including the cell cycle and the use of model species in biomedical research. You may need to register to view the lesson plans, but the plans and registration is free.

DNA Forensics

Entomology in Action (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Lesson plans and teaching aids on entomology

Entomology Resources for Teachers

Description: Information, brochures, and other resources on entomology for teachers

Forensic Entomology (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Lesson plans, work sheets, and teaching aids on forensic entomology

DNA, Genes, Chromosomes

DNA Replication: A case discussion of a landmark paper by Meselson and Stahl (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: An expert authored advanced in-class exercise involving literature assessment and detailed exploration of DNA replication

For Teachers – yourgenome.org

Description: Lesson plans, classroom activities, and other resources for teaching DNA, protein, cancer and other topics

Genetic Timeline (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A lesson plan highlighting key discoveries that have led to our present understanding of the human genome

Molecular Genetics (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Lesson guides and video slide show presentation on HIV viral replication and other molecular genetic topics

Origami DNA (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A classroom activity on the DNA double helix

PBS LearningMedia™

Description: A Web site providing teachers with strategies, tools, and professional development resources for incorporating digital learning in the classroom

Power My Learning

Description: A web-based platform with online learning activities for K-12 students, parents, and educators. You will need to register to use the site, but registration is free.

Scitable Faculty Resources

Description: The Scitable faculty resource pages include a tool for creating virtual classrooms, the Scitable Faculty Discussion Group, and a variety of instructive courses for educators

Teacher Guide - Have Your DNA and Eat It Too (PDF 266.17 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Lesson plan on the structure of DNA and a class activity building an edible double helix

Visualizing Gene-Expression Patterns

Description: A slide show with video clips illustrating how scientists detect when a gene is being expressed in tissues

Epigenetics/Inheritance and the Environment

NOVA scienceNOW - Epigenetics (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A classroom activity on epigenetics

What Makes Honey Bees Work Together? (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A series of lesson plans exploring how genes and environment affect behavior, as well as introduces students to research tools used to investigate gene expression. You may need to register to view the lesson plans, but the plans and registration is free.

What Makes Me Tick...Tock? Circadian Rhythms, Genetics, and Health (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A series of lesson plans exploring how environment, genes, and proteins affect behavior. The lesson plans incorporate real-life examples, case studies, and interactive online components to teach concepts of epigenetics. You may need to register to view the lesson plans, but the plans and registration is free.

Evolution

Beanbag Population Genetics (PDF 46.88 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Classroom exercises demonstrating genetic drift and natural selection

Classroom Activities - Natural Selection and Adaptation (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A teachers guide, educational video, student quiz, and activity plans for teaching natural selection and adaptation

Classroom Activities: Battling Beetles (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A series of activities teaching concepts of natural selection, genetic variation, and evolution

Classroom Activities: Gene Switches (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Teaching materials on evolution and genetic variation with a classroom activity to model a gene switch

Classroom Activities: Variations in the Clam Species Clamys sweetus (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: An activity to engage students in thinking about the mechanism of natural selection

Cystic Fibrosis: Exploration of Evolutionary Explanations for the High Frequency of a Common Disorder (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: An expert authored advanced in-class exercise making and testing hypotheses to explain the high incidence of cystic fibrosis in certain populations

Do You See What I See? (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A series of lesson plans and laboratory exercises exploring vision, color perception, color-blindness, diversity of vision across species, and how this diversity affects survival and reproduction. You may need to register to view the lesson plans, but the plans and registration is free.

Evolution and Medicine (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Lesson plans on how evolution informs human health, biomedical problems, and disease treatment

Genes, Variation and Human History (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Interactive classroom activities on genetic variation

Genetic Variation (PDF 492.28 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A presentation on genetic variation intended for classroom use

Mapping Change Over Time (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Collect information about the organisms alive at different times since the Earth formed. Discuss reasons for extinctions. Discuss advantages of change

NIH Curriculum Supplements for High School: Human Genetic Variation (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Lesson plans and activities on human genetic variation

Poster: Fossil Evidence and Evolution

Description: A printable poster for your classroom. Students are challenged to place seven types of fossils into the proper geological era.

Selection In Action - Peppered Moths (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Use web-sourced material, maps and population data to explore the industrial melanism of the Peppered Moth

Teacher's Guide: Understanding Human Genetic Variation (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: An online teaching module on human genetic variation

Teaching Materials: Understanding Evolution

Description: Resources for teaching evolutionary patterns, processes, and theory

Visualizing Gene-Expression Patterns

Description: A slide show with video clips illustrating how scientists detect when a gene is being expressed in tissues

What Makes Honey Bees Work Together? (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A series of lesson plans exploring how genes and environment affect behavior, as well as introduces students to research tools used to investigate gene expression. You may need to register to view the lesson plans, but the plans and registration is free.

Genetic Conditions

An Inventory of a Few Human Traits (PDF 26.81 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: An activity observing and comparing common human traits with discussion questions

An Inventory of My Traits (PDF 666.47 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A lesson plan and class activity on genetic traits

Cell Biology and Cancer (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A NIH Curriculum Supplement for high school teachers including lesson plans, class activities, and videos.

Cystic Fibrosis: Exploration of Evolutionary Explanations for the High Frequency of a Common Disorder (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: An expert authored advanced in-class exercise making and testing hypotheses to explain the high incidence of cystic fibrosis in certain populations

Do You See What I See? (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A series of lesson plans and laboratory exercises exploring vision, color perception, color-blindness, diversity of vision across species, and how this diversity affects survival and reproduction. You may need to register to view the lesson plans, but the plans and registration is free.

Environment and Gene Interactions Cancer Module (PDF 3,266.9 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A power point presentation on genetic and environmental risk factors for cancer

For Teachers – yourgenome.org

Description: Lesson plans, classroom activities, and other resources for teaching DNA, protein, cancer and other topics

Gene Therapy (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A classroom activity exploring the risks and benefits of gene therapy

Good Cells Gone Bad (PDF 102.28 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: An activity on the cellular changes that lead to cancer

Inside Cancer - Teacher Center

Description: A Web tool for building classroom presentations, finding lesson plans, and aligning content with national and local education standards

Knowledge is Power – Check out your gene pool

Description: Instruction for requesting a copy of a video featuring interviews with a physician, genetic counselor and families directly affected by Tay-Sachs and Canavan disease

The Tree of Genetic Traits (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Instructions for a class activity on genetic traits

Traits Activities (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Activities on genetic traits and disease risk

Heredity/Inheritance Patterns

An Inventory of a Few Human Traits (PDF 26.81 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: An activity observing and comparing common human traits with discussion questions

An Inventory of My Traits (PDF 666.47 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A lesson plan and class activity on genetic traits

Basic Probability and Chi-Squared Tests (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: An expert authored advanced in-class exercise teaching critical skills for classic genetic analysis, including probability, making predictions, and assessment

DNA from the Beginning

Description: An animated primer of 75 experiments that made modern genetics

Do You See What I See? (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A series of lesson plans and laboratory exercises exploring vision, color perception, color-blindness, diversity of vision across species, and how this diversity affects survival and reproduction. You may need to register to view the lesson plans, but the plans and registration is free.

Family History: The Next Generation

Description: A Webinar on family health history

Gene You: Genetics and Inheritance

Description: Lesson guides, videos, slides, and other teaching resources on genes and inheritance

Genetic Lesson Plan Ideas

Description: An alphabetical list of lesson plans that teach genetic concepts

Harry Potter's World

Description: Activities for teaching basic genetic concepts as well as characteristics of complex traits

Heredity (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Lesson guides and an activity on heredity

Introducing Ideas About Inheritance (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A classroom exercise illustrating genetic vs environmental influences on human traits

Introduction to Heredity (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A video and lesson plans for teaching concepts of heredity

Investigating Reproductive Strategies (PDF 4.11 MB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A lesson plan on sexual vs asexual reproduction

Multifactorial Traits (PDF 2.53 MB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Detailed book chapter on multifactorial traits with practice problems

Pick the Risk: The Polygenic Pedigree Challenge (PDF 501.94 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Instructions for a classroom activity that illustrates how changes in a combination of genes can influence disease risk

Risk Continuum (PDF 3.23 MB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Instructions for a classroom activity teaching how genetic and environmental factors affect a persons risk for heart disease

Rolling the Dice (PDF 174.45 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: An activity on how life-style choices can influence health

The Tree of Genetic Traits (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Instructions for a class activity on genetic traits

Traits Activities (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Activities on genetic traits and disease risk

What Makes Honey Bees Work Together? (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A series of lesson plans exploring how genes and environment affect behavior, as well as introduces students to research tools used to investigate gene expression. You may need to register to view the lesson plans, but the plans and registration is free.

What's Your Family Health Story?

Description: Instructions in English and Spanish for collecting and organizing your family health history

Your Family Health History - A DNA Day Activity (PDF 119.18 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A PowerPoint presentation on using a pedigree to record your family health history

Top Issues In Genetics

Bioethics and the New Science of Addiction (PDF 159.3 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A worksheet and discussion questions on using a hypothetical vaccine to treat drug addiction

DNA Barcoding and the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) Project

Description: A rich source of teaching materials and instructional guides for one of the largest biodiversity genomics initiatives

Does Our Background Shape Our Thinking About Environmental Issues? (PDF 175.67 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A lesson guide exploring personal attitues and impressions of environmental issues

Exploring Bioethics (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Curriculum supplement, teacher's guide, and support materials on bioethics

For Teachers – yourgenome.org

Description: Lesson plans, classroom activities, and other resources for teaching DNA, protein, cancer and other topics

Genetic Screening of Newborn Infants: What Should We Test and Why? (400.62 KB, Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A lesson plan and class room activity exploring how determinations are made regarding public policies on newborn screening

Genetic Testing - Protecting Health or Denying Rights? (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: Case scenario and discussion questions on genetic testing

Introduction to DNA Barcoding

Description: An interactive presentation on DNA barcoding and the International Barcode of Life project

NHGRI Webinar Series

Description: Webinars on current topics related to genomics, health, and society

The Human Genome Project

Description: Download component parts of the educational CD, The Human Genome Project

What Can I Learn From Worms? Regeneration, Stem Cells, and Models (Lesson Plans/Lesson Activities)

Description: A series of high quality lesson plans exploring a variety of topics including the cell cycle and the use of model species in biomedical research. You may need to register to view the lesson plans, but the plans and registration is free.