- Elementary Genetic
- Debra Collins, M.S., Genetic Counselor
- University of Kansas Medical Center
- (913) 588-6043, firstname.lastname@example.org
Differences / variation
- Observe different features in class (widows
peak, attached ear lobes, rolling tongue) compare. Look up heritability of
these traits. Chart differences using photos / chart provided.
- Use "Heredity
Board "with faces to show inheritance of traits from generation to
generation, show others
- Take fingerprints and compare differences
(use kit provided). Look up differences in finger
prints, research FBI use of fingerprints (whorls, loops, arch)
- Try "tasting" the various kinds
of paper in the kit. Does anyone in the class have an "invisible difference"
when they "taste" the PTC paper?
- One of the blood groups important to
know about when you, for medical reasons, get blood from another person. This
is ABO blood type (on the number 10 chromosome). Roll the "blood group
dice" to see what combinations of blood types a child might have. Make
- Observer differences in people - everyone
stands, divides themselves into two groups by differences / likeness, again
and again until groups of one. Observe how people are alike, and observe how
they are different.
- "People" by Peter Spier, or book about dog who no one wants at first, then
like his differences. Write or talk about how "differences" can
Chance / probability:
- Beach ball probability bounce
a beach ball [with 4 colors] around the room. Each time it lands on a color,
call it out, and have a recorder mark it down. Make a chart of the colors.
What is the number of times it hit each color? Discuss the chances something
could happen if there are only 4 possibilities
Taking a family history:
- Simulated Family History - use forms from KU Medical Center or from
March of Dimes, use template (provided,
to keep), to draw by hand, a family "tree", take home, keep confidential,
can do neighbor, friend or famous family (i.e., royalty, rock stars, movie
stars if prefer) see Internet page for standard symbols
program to draw family tree Cyrillic, etc
- Jellybean activity, color in jellybeans
on family tree provided, take jellybeans out of cups, to represent next generation,
then again for next generation. Compare results (Genes
and Surroundings Curriculum, BSCS)
- Make two puppets, one for the mother,
one for the father. Make a child that has some traits of each parent
- Cut out pictures of chromosomes from
- Look at real chromosomes from lab at
KU, with microscope and attached monitor
- Trip to chromosome lab
- Read a book about a child with a chromosome
problem (Down Syndrome), give a report
Genetics in Medicine
- Fill out a simulated family history form and medical form.
Chose family members for the "family". Have a genetic counselor
talk to your "family" about genetic conditions
- Research a genetic
condition in books or on the Internet. Write a "brochure for a family"
explaining the things you think they would want to know
- Imagine you have a "brother"
or "sister" or other family member with a genetic condition. Write
a story about it. Look at the brochure with recommendation about writing about individuals with
- Watch a videotape
about a family who has someone with a genetic condition. Write a report about
- Write your questions about genetics (after
you have learned some things), e-mail an expert!
- Ask a person from a local parent support group to come talk to the class. [Down syndrome,
Dwarfism, Marfan syndrome, Ichthyosis, cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia,
hemophilia, etc.]. Write a thank you note to thank them for coming.
- Make a list of Internet keywords you
would use to look up genetic information.
Internet and Genetics
"Exploring the Human Genome"
a 24-page issue of Your World/Our World: Biotechnology and You. Magazine,
developed by the Pennsylvania Biotechnology Association (PBA) for teaching biotechnology
to students in grades 7 through 10, is also appropriate for adult lay audiences.
Articles and learning activities explore the Human Genome Project; DNA
structure and function; genes, proteins, and genetic disease; mapping; invention
of the polymerase chain reaction; informatics; Huntingtons Disease; and
ELSI implications of genome research. This special genome issue is made available
in part by DOE, which provided a complimentary copy to every 7th- to 10th-grade
U.S. science teacher (about 40,000).
Building on concepts
introduced in the Human Genome issue, the 15-page "New Diagnostics"
issue of Your World/ Our World is devoted to techniques used to detect disease.
Articles cover such topics as immuno- and genetic diagnostics, strep throat
control, and safeguarding the blood bank. Sample copy of Human Genome issue
and price list available from HGMIS (see contact information on p. 10). [PBA,
800/796-5806 or 814/238-4080, Fax: -4081, 73150.1623@compuserve.Com]
Secrets of the Code Program,
3-2-1 Contact, Public Broadcast System (PBS) explores
topics such as cytogenetics, family history/pedigrees, recessive inheritance,
and genetic variation
Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences
of Learning Styles Questionnaire,
BA Soloman, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Styles and Multiple Intelligences, Support 4 Learning, United Kingdom
(.ppt), Ramesh Mehay, Bradford VTS
Four Dominant Learning Skills, Learning and Teaching, Australia
Styles, resources, J Rowe
your learning styles
Styles - Great Minds Don't Think Alike, R Dunn, St. John's University,
NY, K Dunn, Queen's College, NY (Whitefield, 1993)
Styles and the Online Environment
Learning Style Site
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