Ch 7: Applied Genetics Lesson Plans

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We can help make applied genetics interesting and approachable for your students with the lesson plans provided in this chapter. Our plans are available 24 hours a day on your mobile phone, tablet or computer to help you create a curriculum for your classroom.

Applied Genetics Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Our informative chapter offers lesson plans on applied genetics and several related subjects. Lesson plans, activities and games on a variety of topics are provided here, including:

  • Genetic engineering
  • Cloning and biotechnology
  • Forensic science and forensic evidence
  • Chromatography
  • Crime scene investigation
  • The Human Genome Project
  • Recombinant DNA

All of our lessons are created by professional instructors so you can feel confident that you're teaching the best information in a way that's been proven to work in a classroom setting. If you have questions along the way, you're welcome to reach out to an instructor for help.

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  • Encourages information retention: In addition to standard lesson plans, this chapter includes games and activities that allow you to engage your classes and help your students apply their knowledge in action.
  • Saves you time: When you use the lesson plans and activities in this chapter for your classroom, you'll save time that you can use on other important teacher planning activities.
  • Ensures comprehension: Use these lessons to make sure you're teaching these complex topics in a way that's easy for your students to understand.

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This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan resources with relevant tools to make planning applied genetics lessons easy.

  • Use lesson plan outlines for specific genetics topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your applied genetics class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related genetics lessons with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important applied genetics concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant genetics-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

26 Lessons in Chapter 7: Applied Genetics Lesson Plans
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Genetic Engineering Lesson Plan

1. Genetic Engineering Lesson Plan

Get your budding scientists thinking with this lesson plan that examines genetic engineering. Students will watch a video to learn what genetic engineering is and see examples. Follow up with an activity to solidify facts.

What is Genetic Engineering? - Definition and Examples

2. What is Genetic Engineering? - Definition and Examples

How do we make the insulin used by diabetic patients? In this lesson, you'll learn the basics of how genetic engineering can be used to transform a bacterial host cell into a genetically-modified organism that produces human insulin.

DNA Technology & Genomics Activities for High School

3. DNA Technology & Genomics Activities for High School

Teaching high school students about DNA is exciting and meaningful, but the topic can also be quite complex. This lesson offers some activities that will help you teach your students about DNA technology and genomics.

Genetic Engineering Activities & Games

4. Genetic Engineering Activities & Games

Genetic engineering is the deliberate altering of something's genetic structure. As your students learn about genetic engineering, it'll be important to challenge and engage them. This lesson contains activities you may find useful.

Forensic Science Lesson Plan

5. Forensic Science Lesson Plan

Thanks to television, forensic science has become much more popular than in years past. This lesson plans outlines how to conduct a chromatography investigation in your class. Students use active reading techniques on a short, written lesson, then apply what they learned in a hands-on activity.

Forensic Science Project Ideas for High School

6. Forensic Science Project Ideas for High School

Your high school students will be engaged in learning about forensic science as they complete a few projects. The projects allow for students to work individually as well as in group setting.

Chromatography in Forensic Science

7. Chromatography in Forensic Science

In this lesson, we'll discuss what chromatography is and why it's useful to forensic scientists. We'll focus on thin-layer chromatography and how it works, but we'll also mention some other types of chromatography.

Crime Scene Investigation Lesson Plan

8. Crime Scene Investigation Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help you introduce your students to the scientific reality of crime scene investigation. Find a text lesson that provides an overview of some of the techniques used in crime scene investigation, an engaging activity that allows students to try to solve a crime themselves, as well as related lessons and discussion questions.

Forensic Evidence: Types, Definition & Cases

9. Forensic Evidence: Types, Definition & Cases

The term 'forensic' actually means relating to law and science. In this lesson, we'll review different types of forensic evidence. We'll also look at real world cases where forensic evidence was used to solve crimes.

Biotechnology Activities

10. Biotechnology Activities

If your class is studying about genetics or advancements in technology, having your students learn about biotechnology is important. Use these activities to help students understand biotechnology.

Cloning Lesson Plan

11. Cloning Lesson Plan

There is so much to learn about cloning, especially human cloning. This lesson plan will help your students learn about cloning by watching a video, reading a text lesson, guiding a discussion, and having a class debate.

Human Cloning: Ethical Issues & Legality

12. Human Cloning: Ethical Issues & Legality

This lesson is going to cover some of the legality and ethical concerns surrounding the reproductive cloning of humans. We will explore several arguments on both sides of these issues.

DNA Cloning: Definition and Process

13. DNA Cloning: Definition and Process

DNA cloning is used for a variety of purposes, but how does it work? In this video lesson, you will learn about the process of cloning DNA, as well as see examples of how cloning is used in science, medicine, and consumer products.

Cloning Activities & Games

14. Cloning Activities & Games

Cloning can seem like a complicated, almost magical, process for students. You can use these activities and games to make cloning and related concepts more accessible for your students.

Human Genome Project Activities

15. Human Genome Project Activities

The Human Genome Project's legacy still affects humanity in many ways, from scientific developments to possible ethical issues. In the classroom, we can explore the science and the implications of what we learned from this twenty-five-year project.

PCR Activities

16. PCR Activities

Check out this lesson on polymerase chain reactions to help your students have fun while learning about copying strands of DNA. You'll find various ideas that will work in your classroom to deepen your students' understanding and keep them actively involved.

Recombinant DNA Lesson Plan

17. Recombinant DNA Lesson Plan

Recombinant DNA has made its way into our everyday lives in our food supply. Your students can be introduced to this technology as they read and discuss a text lesson, create recombinant DNA using paper, compile pros and cons lists, and take a quiz.

Recombinant DNA Activities

18. Recombinant DNA Activities

Are you looking for interesting ways to teach your students about recombinant DNA? Look here! This lesson is packed with activities that allow students to collaborate, investigate, and be creative when it comes to combining strands of DNA.

GMO Lesson Plan for Elementary School

19. GMO Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Genetically modified organisms have worked their way into our everyday lives even amidst the debate over their safe consumption. Your students will be interested to learn about GMOs as they read and discuss a text lesson, create GMO posters, and complete a worksheet.

GMOs: Lesson for Kids

20. GMOs: Lesson for Kids

On your last trip to the grocery store, you might have noticed food products that were labeled 'Made with non-GMO ingredients.' What does this mean? What are GMOs? And why do so many people find them controversial? Let's begin this plate debate!

Cloning Lesson Plan for Elementary School

21. Cloning Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Use this lesson plan to teach your students about cloning. A text lesson guides students through defining cloning, shares an example and leads discussions, followed by an application activity. Determine understanding of concepts with a quiz.

Genetic Algorithm Project Ideas

22. Genetic Algorithm Project Ideas

Understanding genetic algorithms can be a challenge as they differ significantly from classical algorithms. These advanced high school projects will help you guide students through the process of understanding and applying genetic algorithms.

Forensic Science Activities for High School

23. Forensic Science Activities for High School

It is time for your students to learn about the forensic sciences. One of the best ways to introduce this to your students is to have them complete activities geared to learning about forensic science.

Forensic Science Activities for Middle School

24. Forensic Science Activities for Middle School

Forensic science applies scientific principles to evidence collection in criminal cases. This asset provides activities to support middle school forensic science teachers.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Discussion Questions

25. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Discussion Questions

Teachers, students will confirm their understanding of the material while sharing their beliefs and experiences in the following discussion questions. These questions will also assess students' critical thinking and analysis skills.

Gattaca Discussion Questions

26. Gattaca Discussion Questions

'Gattaca' is a 1997 science fiction movie by Andrew Niccol that explores potential problems related to genetic engineering. This resource provides student discussion questions about this movie.

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