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The lesson plans listed below are designed for classroom educators in grades 6-12, science and health classes.

Although the lessons include reference to a PBS television program, Our Genes/Our Choices, they also function as stand-alone resources. For your convenience, this Web site includes ordering information and broadcast information. Additionally, most require an Internet connection to support student Web research, to access interactive simulations, etc.

Inside/Outside the Human Genome Project
In this cooperative learning activity for grades 6-8, students combine a jigsaw learning technique with an inside/outside review game to learn about DNA, genes, chromosomes and the Human Genome Project.

It's Genetic--Or Is It?
This lesson for grades 9-12 explores the age-old discussion of nature vs. nurture: how much of our individuality is based on inheritance, and how much is shaped by our environment? Students explore different traits as genetic or environmental and then discuss issues of accountability for genetically-influenced personality traits.

The Probabilities of Problems: A Look at Inheritance
Students in grades 6-8 learn how to calculate the the probabilities of passing on certain genetic disorders and then evaluate case studies involving genetic testing.

Genetic Testing: Road Map or Crystal Ball?
Students are exposed to the pros and cons of genetic testing and must take a stand by writing a position paper, after viewing the "Who Gets to Know?" video and/or reading case studies from the Our Genes/Our Choices series.

Creating Genetic Counselor Pamphlets
After discussing the benefits and potential misuses of prenatal genetic testing, students in grades 9-12 research a particular genetic disorder and then create pamphlets about the disorder from a genetic counselor's point of view.


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