Resources for Teaching Genetics


Meiosis Label – look at cells in various stages of meiosis, identify and order

How to Interpret a Karyotype – examines images of human karyotypes to identify disorders

Meiosis Internet Lesson – look at animations of meiosis and answer questions

Modeling Chromosomal Inheritance – use pipe cleaners to show how genes are inherited; independent assortment, segregation, sex-linkage

Linkage Group Simulation – uses pipe cleaners and beads, students construct chromosomes with alleles and perform crosses, predicting outcomes (advanced)

Karyotyping Online – use a website simulator to learn how to pair chromosomes and diagnose abnormalities

Chromosome Study – cut out chromosomes and tape them in pairs to construct a “paper” karyotype

SRY not SRY – case study on gender and sex chromosomes

Genome Wide Association Study with Dog Coats – explore the inheritance of curly and straight hair


Slides and Notes on DNA, The Double Helix

Coloring DNA – basic image of DNA and RNA for students to color following directions; includes questions and analysis

DNA Crossword – puzzle to practice basic terms related to DNA

DNA Detectives: The Case of the Radioactive Phosphorous – a short story about the Hershey Chase experiment with questions.

How Can DNA Replication Be Modeled – students use colored paperclips to model how one side of the DNA serves as a template during replication (semi-conservative)

Drosophila and the Homeobox – explore genetic mutations in fruit flies that are associated with Hox genes

Regulatory Switches in the Stickleback – based on an HHMI activity, explores gene expression in fish (Also available as a slide activity)

Gene Regulation in Prokaryotes – focuses on the lac operon and how some genes are repressible

Analysis: DNA Recombination – simulate DNA recombination using paper slips and sequences

DNA Concept Map – design a concept map showcasing the structure and function of DNA

DNA, RNA, and Proteins

Mutations in DNA and Proteins – explore how mutations can affect the gene for human insulin

Protein Synthesis Practice – use a codon chart to determine sequences of amino acids

Genetics of Sickle Cell – simple version exploring how a change in a base of DNA can cause sickle cell disease

DNA, Proteins, and Sickle Cell – explore how a single change (mutation) in DNA can result in a blood disorder

Transcription & Translation Coloring – shows structures involved, nucleotides, base pair rules, amino acids

DNA Mutations Using Protein Synthesis Simulator – Connected Bio resource which shows how proteins change when a base is changed

How DNA Controls the Workings of a Cell – examine a DNA sequence, transcribe and translate

Design a Snork Using DNA – use sequences of DNA to determine proteins and draw a picture of your newly created “organism”

DNA Sequencing in Bacteria – website simulates the sequencing of bacterial DNA, PCR techniques

HIV Coloring  – shows how viral DNA enters and infects a cell

strawberryDNA Extractions and Investigations

PCR virtual Lab – BioInteractive simulation where you isolate and sequence DNA using polymerase chain reaction

Who Ate The Cheese – simulate gel electrophoresis to solve a crime

Strawberry DNA Extraction – instructions for extracting DNA from a strawberry, very simple, works every time!

DNA Investigation with Strawberries (basic) – simplified version of DNA extraction lab for intro level, with minimal equipment

Investigation: DNA Extraction for AP Biology – students extract DNA from different samples and write a lab report; with Claim, Evidence and Reasoning

DNA Extraction from Saliva – easy procedure to follow, though human saliva does not contain as much DNA as other specimens

Genetic Engineering Concept Map – Complete this graphic organizer on various techniques used in genetics, such as selective breeding and manipulating DNA

Genetic Engineering Simulation – use paperclips to model the activity of restriction enzymes

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