Ch 6: Genetics Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Develop or strengthen your current genetics lessons by taking advantage of the helpful lesson plans in this chapter. Use these plans and other teacher resources to ensure your students gain full comprehension of DNA, genetic engineering and more.

Genetics Lesson Plans - Chapter Summary

Researching information needed to create well-rounded genetics lessons can be a time-consuming process. This chapter can help you cut back research time with teacher resources that include lesson plans for you and entertaining lessons for students. Lesson plans provide detailed ideas and strategies for developing genetics lessons. Entertaining video and text lessons can be shared with students and aid in your instruction. Topics covered in this chapter include the following:

  • Genetics overview
  • Basics of the Punnett square
  • DNA and DNA replication
  • Genetic engineering

The lessons featured in this chapter are designed to support the lesson plans with topical information. They are accompanied by short quizzes you can use to assess student comprehension and are available from any computer, smartphone or tablet.

How It Helps

  • Discussion topics: Provides a variety of discussion topics you can use to increase student participation
  • Homework suggestions: Offers suggestions for homework assignments that can reinforce genetics topics you cover in class
  • Project ideas: Shares ideas for projects and activities you can use in the classroom

How It Works

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

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

29 Lessons in Chapter 6: Genetics Lesson Plans
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Genetics Lesson Plan

1. Genetics Lesson Plan

Use this lesson on genetics to introduce students to chromosomes, alleles, genes, phenotypes and genotypes. Students will participate in two hands-on activities to illustrate the complex ideas associated with genetics.

Genetics: Heredity, Traits & Chromosomes

2. Genetics: Heredity, Traits & Chromosomes

We view manipulation of genes in our crops and livestock as a recent development. Yet, man has been manipulating the genetic makeup of his food for thousands of years through cultivation and breeding. This lesson will begin to help you understand how genetics works.

Punnett Square Lesson Plan

3. Punnett Square Lesson Plan

Punnett squares give your students an easy, but very useful, introduction to the study of genetics. This lesson plan features bears and superheroes to help your students internalize different outcomes between genotypes and phenotypes.

Punnett Square: Definition & Example

4. Punnett Square: Definition & Example

This lesson will define what a Punnett square is and show several examples of how one can be used. It will also briefly describe patterns of inheritance.

Genetics Essential Questions

5. Genetics Essential Questions

Genetics is a topic with huge implications for daily life, so learning about genetics is well-worth the time, though there are some questions that are more fundamental than others. Try out some of these essential questions for genetics in a classroom setting.

Gregor Mendel Lesson Plan

6. Gregor Mendel Lesson Plan

Use this lesson to introduce your students to Gregor Mendel and his contributions to genetics. Students will read a text lesson, discuss this famous scientist, and explore their own inherited genetics.

Gregor Mendel: Biography, Facts & Timeline

7. Gregor Mendel: Biography, Facts & Timeline

Have you ever wondered how you ended up with eyes like your mother and a nose like your father? Gregor Mendel wondered about inherited traits too over a century ago. In this lesson, you will learn about Gregor Mendel and the important contributions he made to the field of genetics.

Reproduction Activities & Games for Kids

8. Reproduction Activities & Games for Kids

Do you need some ideas for games and activities to teach your students about reproduction? This lesson provides various activities and games that keep your students engaged and actively learning about diverse ways that organisms reproduce.

Hereditary Traits & Genes Activities

9. Hereditary Traits & Genes Activities

Students are naturally interested in genetics, and this series of interactive activities will allow them to explore genetics in a fun, hands-on way that can be used to enhance their textbook.

Gregor Mendel Activities

10. Gregor Mendel Activities

Life as a Augustinian monk may seem boring to our students because it is so vastly different than their own lives. However, with a little ingenuity students can appreciate Gregor Mendel and his diverse interests.

Human Genetics Activities & Games

11. Human Genetics Activities & Games

Are your students learning about human genetics in class? Check out this lesson if you are looking for activities and games to help deepen your students' understanding of human genetics.

Punnett Square Activities & Games

12. Punnett Square Activities & Games

Punnett squares can be a dry topic for science teachers everywhere, whether you teach high school or middle school. However, if you break out your sense of humor and are willing to embrace some general silliness, they can be a lot of fun for the students in your classroom.

Heredity Lesson Plan

13. Heredity Lesson Plan

Learning how we inherit our traits is something of interest for most people. Your students will have a great time learning about heredity as they read and discuss a text lesson, create and solve Punnett Squares, and take a quiz.

Fundamentals of Genetics: Reproduction & Heredity

14. Fundamentals of Genetics: Reproduction & Heredity

Your genes are unique and determine everything about you. In this lesson, we will learn what genes are, how they are inherited from your parents, and how to determine which traits will actually be expressed if you inherit a certain combination of genes.

Genetics Lesson Plan for Elementary School

15. Genetics Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Teach your students how genetics works with this lesson plan. A text lesson uses concrete examples to explain basic concepts, which children discuss and analyze before applying to a fun activity.

Genetics Lesson for Kids

16. Genetics Lesson for Kids

In this lesson you'll learn about basic genetics concepts and vocabulary words, such as phenotype and genotype. We'll also explore genetics by looking at plants as an example. Read on to learn more now.

Heredity Labs for Middle School

17. Heredity Labs for Middle School

This lesson outlines ideas for middle school science labs to supplement instruction on heredity using hands-on activities and connecting concepts to real life to make learning last.

Gummy Bear Genetics Lesson Plan

18. Gummy Bear Genetics Lesson Plan

Do your students wonder how basic genetics work? In this lesson plan, you will show your students how offspring inherit various traits from their parents through a fun gummy bear activity!

Family Trait Tree Activities

19. Family Trait Tree Activities

Helping students understand family trait trees is a great way to deepen their overall understanding of genetics. This lesson offers some different activities for teaching about family trait trees.

Phenotype Lesson Plan

20. Phenotype Lesson Plan

Introduce your students to phenotypes and how they relate to genotypes by watching a video, having a discussion, completing an activity together, and doing individual assignments.

What Is a Phenotype? - Definition & Example

21. What Is a Phenotype? - Definition & Example

Do you have blue eyes or brown eyes, or something else, like hazel? That's your phenotype for eye color. Discover examples of phenotypes, and how they are (partly) determined by your genes.

Probability in Genetics Activities

22. Probability in Genetics Activities

Learning about genetics is fun, but it also can be confusing. This series of activities helps students understand the role of probability in genetics through hands-on mini-lessons that can be used in sequential order or as standalone lessons.

Punnett Square Project Ideas

23. Punnett Square Project Ideas

Punnett squares are not always the most exciting part of genetics curriculum for students. However, if you can find ways to allow students to be creative, you can get them excited about learning while working in depth with Punnett squares.

Mendelian Inheritance Activities

24. Mendelian Inheritance Activities

Are your students learning about inheritance and how you get certain traits from your parents? This lesson provides activities that will boost students' interest in and knowledge about Mendelian inheritance.

Embryology Lesson Plan

25. Embryology Lesson Plan

We all went through the process of embryo development. Your students are going to learn more about that process as they read and discuss a text lesson, create an embryo development flip book, and take a quiz.

Embryology: Definition & Development Stages

26. Embryology: Definition & Development Stages

Embryology is the study of growth and development of an organism prior to birth. This lesson discusses the process of sex determination to illustrate the stages of embryonic development.

Genetics & Heredity Activities for High School

27. Genetics & Heredity Activities for High School

Are you in need of some fun, interactive activities for related to the topics of genetics and heredity? This series of activities will enhance biology lessons, while helping students comprehend a difficult topic.

Genetics Project Ideas for High School

28. Genetics Project Ideas for High School

Genetics is a fascinating topic that includes DNA as well as dominant and recessive traits. The following hands-on projects will allow your high school underclassmen to better understand concepts related to heredity.

Genetics Unit Plan for High School

29. Genetics Unit Plan for High School

Genetics encompasses the inherited traits of an organism and the variation of genes from parent to offspring. This asset provides an outline for you as you plan a unit on genetics for high school.

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