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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Genetics: Peas to Blood Types
Description: Students will complete an online tutorial about what makes up a person's blood type, how blood types are determined, and which blood types can transfuse safely.


Subject: Science (7)
Title: Wear Your DNA Necklace!
Description: DNA extraction is a necessary and routine step in many biotechnology procedures, such as DNA fingerprinting.  Students will observe the properties of DNA by extracting the molecule from their own cheek cells.  If possible, students should not eat or brush their teeth before this lab. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science University, GEMS-U Project.


Subject: Mathematics (7), or Science (7)
Title: Can You Curl Your Tongue?
Description: This lesson is adapted from a Connected Mathematics Unit, How Likely is It? This investigation introduces biology as a source of applications for probability. In this lesson, Curling your Tongue, students determine how many students in the class can curl their tongues and use this data to make predictions about the probability of any one student being able to curl his or her tongue. Then they "Tracing Traits-the experimental method is compared with the way in which geneticists study a person’s traits: by examining the genetic makeup of the person’s parents, grandparents, and other relatives. Students then gain experience with determining whether people have the tongue-curling trait based on the genetic probabilities. This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Science (7)
Title: What is Cloning?
Description: This is an interactive website that answers the question on "What is Cloning?" There are multiple links for interactive learning about cloning. There are also video links about nuclear transfer.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


Subject: Mathematics (7), or Science (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Where Did You Get Those "Jeans"?
Description: This lesson can be interdisciplinary involving science, mathematics, and language arts. The primary nature of the lesson is inquiry, project, and technology-based. In science this project is a culminating activity in the heredity unit.


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Subject: Science
Title: Gene Puzzles      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science NetLinks lesson, students come to understand that in sexually reproducing organisms, such as humans, typically half of the genes come from each parent. They examine a fictional pedigree and determine which gene is responsible for a given trait.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Health
Title: Proteome      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from science NetLinks, you'll hear about the difficulties of the task of determining which genes make which proteins, and what these proteins do. Geneticists think this information could provide valuable insights into disease. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science - Biological and Life Sciences - Social Studies - Geography
Title: DNA and Endangered Species      Add Bookmark
Description: In this lesson from Xpeditions, students learn some basics about DNA and genetics and then learn how DNA can be used to study and help endangered animals. They visit a Web site with information about specific research projects and write paragraphs explaining how DNA and genetics research might be used to help an endangered or threatened species.
Thinkfinity Partner: National Geographic Education
Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Health, Science
Title: Blood Cholesterol      Add Bookmark
Description: In this Science Update, from Science NetLinks, you'll hear about whether donating blood could actually be good for you. In the interview, Kirsten Alcorn, Medical Director of the Washington Hospital Center's transfusion service, discusses whether or not donating blood can help you get rid of cholesterol. Science Updates are audio interviews with scientists and are accompanied by a set of questions as well as links to related Science NetLinks lessons and other related resources.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12



Subject: Science
Title: What Happens in the First 9 Months?      Add Bookmark
Description: The purpose of this lesson, from Science NetLinks, is to familiarize students with the stages of human development during pregnancy. This lesson provides students with the chance to explore human development using Internet resources that contain text, drawings, photos, and video about human development.
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Grade Span: 6,7,8



Subject: Science
Title: A Mendel Seminar      Add Bookmark
Description: This Science NetLinks lesson, constructed around Gregor Mendel's 1865 paper, is an advanced lesson in history, scientific inquiry, methodology, classical genetics, and plant biology. In this lesson, students are guided through a thorough discussion of part of the paper Mendel wrote about his pea plant experiments.
Thinkfinity Partner: Science NetLinks
Grade Span: 9,10,11,12



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