Genetic Pamphlet with a Purpose
- Teacher: Carol J. Moravec
- Subject: Genetics and Biology
- Grade Level(s): 9 10 11 12
- Target Audience: Biology II, Genetics
- Materials Needed: computer, library
- Class Time: 4-5 class periods
- Brief Summary: For their final examination, students design a human genetic condition pamphlet which they will present to the class and then take to a doctor's or pediatrician's office.
- Student Objective(s): To be able to identify the mode of inheritance of at least four different genetic conditions. To be able to differentiate between Mendelian and non-Mendelian inheritance. To become aware of the myriads of genetic conditions and their impact on society, the individual and the family. To become
aware of the fact that certain genetic conditions are more prevalent in some populations than in others. To become more involved in the community by providing information to local health professionals. To improve small group communication skills. To improve computer usage skills.
- Integration (tying it all together): Students will receive a better
understanding of Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetics. A great opportunity to work on their writing skills, communication skills, computer skills and their artistic abilities. Students also have the opportunity to be an informative source to their community realizing that science moves beyond the classroom.
- Description of Activities: The pamphlets consist of information on types of inheritance, effects on the body, how the family is affected, what risks do other
family members have of passing the trait on, populations (ancestral groups) in which this
disease is most common, recent research or development, and other relevant information.
- Further Information and References: Guidelines for Reporting and Writing About People with Disabilities, Research and Training Center on Independent Living, University of Kansas, 4089 Dole, Lawrence, KS 66045-2930.
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