Teachers & Students

This page provides links to a variety of teaching activities and learning modules for teachers and students. The Genetics to Genomics curriculum was developed by teachers for teachers, and incorporates materials for teaching topics such as family history, multifactorial traits and genetic variation. The top learning modules and lessons are listed in the highlighted box with additional teaching tools listed below. For more information on a specific topic of interest, search our Resource Database.

Highlighted Resources

Banana DNA Extraction

This experiment helps students understand genetics at a microscopic and interactive level by performing a DNA extraction and being able to see the results.

Genetics to Genomics for Teachers

This curriculum is designed to help Michigan science teachers teach genetics and genomics. A series of sequential activities supports the teaching of different genetic concepts such as family history, multifactorial traits and genetic variation while adhering to Michigan and National benchmarks for teachers.

Genetics to Genomics for Teachers Additional Resources

This compilation of resources provide information, videos, tutorials and animations on topics such as genetics, the Human Genome Project, cancer, pharmacogenetics and genetic testing.

MI HEARTSafe Schools

The MI HEARTSafe School Award Program was created to support school communities' efforts to prevent SCDY by screening athletes for inherited sudden cardiac arrest syndromes and increasing the awareness of how to recognize the signs of a sudden cardiac arrest and respond quickly.

GeneEd - Genetics, Education, Discovery

GeneEd Web, developed and maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Human Genome Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), is a safe and useful resource for students and teachers in grades 9 - 12 to learn genetics. The Web site allows the user to explore topics such as Cell Biology, DNA, Genes, Chromosomes, Heredity/Inheritance Patterns, Epigenetics/Inheritance and the Environment, Genetic Conditions, Evolution, Biostatistics, Biotechnology, DNA Forensics, and Top Issues in Genetics.

Teach.Genetics - Genetics Science Learning Center at the University of Utah

Teach.Genetics provides resources for K-12 teachers, higher education faculty, and public educators. These include PDF-based Print-and-Go™ activities, unit plans and other supporting resources. The materials are designed to support and extend the materials on Learn.Genetics.

Additional Resources

"Acting on Information Activity Michigan Benchmarks

The Michigan Benchmarks for this activity helps explain how to gather and use information from multiple resources, present logical arguments and explain technology used in prevention and diagnosis for diseases.

"Alike, But Not the Same" Activity Benchmarks for Michigan Teachers

The Benchmarks for Michigan for this activity on multifactorial traits help students learn to create questions and form logical arguments.

Alternative Splicing

This activity is helpful when going into more detail on protein synthesis and explaining how to get more than one protein from a gene. Using the same idea from the "Protein Synthesis and Words" activity, use the formation of different sentences to simulate splicing of introns to form different protein products.

Autosomal Dominant Inheritance Blank Pedigree

This pdf is a blank pedigree example of an autosomal dominant inheritance pattern.

Autosomal Dominant Inheritance Example Pedigree Answers

This is the answer key to the autosomal dominant pattern exercise.

Autosomal Dominant Inheritance Pedigree Example

This document on autosomal dominant inheritance patterns provides an example pedigree, real life examples, noticeable patterns for this type of inheritance and common student misunderstandings for teachers to keep in mind.

Autosomal Recessive Inheritance Blank Pedigree

This pdf is a blank pedigree example of an autosomal recessive inheritance pattern.

Autosomal Recessive Inheritance Pedigree Answers

This is the answer key to the autosomal recessive pattern exercise.

Autosomal Recessive Inheritance Pedigree Example

This document on autosomal recessive inheritance patterns provides an example pedigree, real life examples, noticeable patterns for this type of inheritance and common student misunderstandings for teachers to keep in mind.

Bridges4Kids

Dedicated to forming partnerships between families, schools and communities to help promote developmental and educational success for all children. Bridges4Kids provides a comprehensive system of information for parents, professionals and educators seeking help for children who may be at-risk or have special needs from birth through the transition to adulthood.

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