All Resources for 11-14s

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DNA

Genes

Cell cycle

Mitosis

Meiosis

Gene expression

Developmental genetics

Patterns of inheritance

Genetic techniques

Genomics and the Human Genome Project (HGP)

General Education

 

DNA

DNA Detective (DNA profiling)

An activity that allows students to use DNA profiles and other forms of evidence to solve a fictional murder.

Resource: GENIE DNA Detective

Age range:  11-14 / 14-16 / 16-18

Approach: Problem-based learning

 

Go Bananas: DNA extraction from a banana

A simple protocol for extracting DNA from a banana using household chemicals.

Resource: GENIE Go Bananas!

Age range:  11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Laboratory practical

 

Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist

An activity that explores the structure of DNA through the rules of base pairing to allow students to produce a double-stranded DNA bracelet. The activity can also be used to demonstrate the similarities, and differences, between the DNA sequences of different species.

Resource: GENIE Wear a Chimp 1

Age range:  11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Interactive tutorial

 

Cloning, gene therapy

A set of tutorials from The Gene School which include quizzes and experiments that cover topics such as cloning, gene therapy, DNA in the courtroom and inherited diseases.

Resource: The Gene School:  Applications index

Age Range:  11-14/14-16/16-18

Approach: Interactive tutorial, games and quizzes, laboratory practicals

 

Human Genome Race

A fun activity in which children working in groups race each other to construct a genetic sequence from a number of overlapping fragments.

Resource: GENIE Human Genome Race

Age range:  11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Games and quizzes

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Genes are Us

Website for teachers created by Jeans for Genes, where your school can meet children with genetic disorders through short films and classroom activities targeted at key areas of the national curriculum.

Resource: Genes are Us

Age range: 5-6 / 7-10 / 11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Videos, animations,games and quizzes

 

An Overview of DNA

A collection of resources providing an overview of DNA, including pages on its properties, chemical modification, biological functions, interactions with proteins and uses in technology.

Resource: An Overview of DNA

Age range: 11-14/14-16

Approach: Topic Material

 

Genes

One in a Million

An activity that allows students to examine a range of traits and use an Excel spreadsheet to work out how 'special' their particular combination of traits makes them within a given population.

Resource: GENIE One in a Million

Age range:  11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Interactive tutorial

 

GM Crops: Miracles or Monsters? (genetic modification and transgenic crops)

A simple activity in which children try to guess which plants have been genetically modified.

Resource: GENIE GM Crops

Age range:  11-14

Approach: Miscellaneous

 

From cell to gene to protein synthesis

An online guide to the basics of genetics from The GEEE! in Genome site. The site includes educational materials, videos and games and quizzes on genetics and genomics.

Resource: The GEEE! in Genome website

Age range : 11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Topic material

 

Gene Builder / Heredity slots / Genome Quiz

Three interactive activities from Pfizer's Genome site. The Gene Builder activity explores DNA replication and base-pairing rules.

Resource: Genome Pfizer website

Age range : 11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Games and quizzes

  

Genetics Education blog

The aim of this blog is to highlight current topical stories about genetics and to encourage users to reflect, share opinions and discuss the topics online.

Resource: NHS Genetics Education Blog

Age range : 11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Topic material

 

Cell cycle

Animation of the cell cycle

Interactive animation of cell cycle from Cells Alive. Can be watched as a whole or moved through step by step.

Resource: Cells Alive website

Age range: 11-14 / 14-16 / 16-18

Approach: Animation

 

Mitosis

Online tutorial on mitosis

Online tutorial on mitosis, including animations and self-assessment activities, from BioCoach.

Resource: The Biology Place website

Age range: 11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Interactive tutorial

 

Mitosis lesson plans and resources

Mitosis lesson plans, with knowledge mapping exercises, glossaries for students and teachers, a teachers' guide and a lists of common misunderstandings from Biology Lessons for Prospective and Practicing Teachers at San Diego State University (USA).

Resource: Biology Lessons website
Age range: 11-14 / 14-16
Approach: Animation

 

Animation of mitosis

Interactive animation of mitosis from Cells Alive. Can be watched as a whole or moved through step by step.

Resource: Cells Alive website

Age range: 11-14 / 14-16 / 16-18

Approach: Animation

  

Meiosis

Online tutorial on meiosis

Online tutorial on meiosis, including animations and self-assessment activities, from BioCoach.

Resource: The Biology Place website

Age range: 11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Interactive tutorial

 

Animation of meiosis

Interactive animation of meiosis from Cells Alive. Can be watched as a whole or moved through step by step.

Resource: Cells Alive website

Age range: 11-14 / 14-16 / 16-18

Approach: Animation

 

Meiosis self-assessment quiz

A quick, self-marking test on meiosis for secondary school children from The Biology Corner

Resource: Biology Corner website

Age range: 11-14 / 14-16 / 16-18

Approach: Games and quizzes

 

Making Reebops: a model for meiosis

Reebops are imaginary animals, made from marshmallows (or foam packing pieces). Their features are determined by the characteristics encoded in their chromosomes. Both parents are heterozygous for all their characteristics (except their sex).

Resource: Making Reebops

Age range: 11-14 / 14-16 / 16-18

Approach: Activity

 

Gene expression

Wear a Chimp on Your Wrist 1 and 2 - DNA base pairs and DNA to protein

Two linked activities. Wear a Chimp 1 explores the structure of DNA through the rules of base pairing, and the students produce a DNA bracelet. Wear a Chimp 2 investigates the way the genetic code specifies a sequence of amino acids, and the students produce a matching protein bracelet. Both activities also demonstrate the similarities, and differences, between the DNA sequences of different species.

Resource: GENIE Wear a Chimp 1 and 2

Age range:  11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Modelling activity

 

Animation of translation

An excellent animation on You Tube.This is made by the NDSU Virtual Cell Animations project. For more information, see http://vcell.ndsu.nodak.edu/animations

Resource: You Tube

Age range: 11-14 / 14-16 / 16-18

Approach: Animation

 

Transcribe and translate a gene

Interactive tutorial from Learn.Genetics, the Genetic Science Learning Center of the University of Utah (US).

Resource: Learn Genetics website

Software: Macromedia Flash

Age range: 11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Interactive tutorial

 

Race the cell (online game)

Online game exploring gene transcription, including RNA synthesis, from The GEEE! in Genome.

Resource: Nature website

Software: Macromedia Flash or Shockwave

Age range: 11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Games and quizzes

 

Bringing RNA into view

Tutorial on DNA, RNA and proteins from Learn.Genetics, the Genetic Science Learning Center of the University of Utah (US). Examines evidence for the role of RNA in the origin of life.

Resource: Learn Genetics website

Software: Macromedia Flash

Age range: 11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Games and quizzes

 

Developmental genetics

The human life-cycle

An outline of the human life-cycle, from egg to ageing, from the Science Museum.

Resource: Your Life Cycle website

Age range: 11-14 /14-16

Approach: Topic material

 

Patterns of inheritance

Online tutorial on Mendelian inheritance

Online tutorial on the basic concepts of Mendelian genetics, including animations and self-assessment activities, from BioCoach.

Resource: The Biology Place website

Age range: 11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Interactive tutorial

 

 Pass the Genes (online game)

Online game exploring the concept of dominant and recessive genes from The GEEE! in Genome.

Resource: Nature website

Software: Macromedia Flash or Shockwave

Age range: 11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Games and quizzes

 

Mix Those Genes (online game)

Online game exploring gene combinations from The GEEE! in Genome.

Resource: Nature website

Software: Macromedia Flash or Shockwave

Age range: 11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Games and quizzes

 

Genetic techniques 

Using a Micropipette (video)

An award-winning GENIE video introduction to the use of micropipettes in the laboratory for undergraduates and postgraduates. Total running time: 9 minutes.

Resource: GENIE Using a Micropipette

Watch the whole video

Part 1: Introduction

Part 2: Setting the Volume

Part 3: Pipette Tips

Part 4: Pipetting Volumes

Part 5: Common Things to Avoid

Age Range:  11-14/14-16/16-18

Approach: Video

 

Genomics and the Human Genome Project (HGP)

Genome - the secret of how life works

Interactive content for students, teachers and parents from Pfizer.

Resource: Genome website

Software: QuickTime or Real Media

Age range:  11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Topic material

 

The GEEE! in Genome

An online site containing educational materials, games and videos on genetics and genomics produced by the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Resource: Nature website

Age range:  11-14 / 14-16

Approach: Topic material

 

General Education

Education CPD+

Education CPD+ provides professional development for those involved in science education

Resource: Education CPD+

Age range: 7-10/11-14/ 14-16/ 16-18

Approach: Training

 

Top Marks! Educational Search Engine

A resourse for finding teaching resources, homework help and educational websites for use in the classroom.

Resource: Top Marks!

Age range: 7-10/11-14/ 14-16/ 16-18

Approach: Topic material

 

American Society of Human Genetics

Genetics education for K-16 (UG/PG) students and teachers, future genetics professionals and the public, from the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) and the Genetics Society of America (GSA), USA.

Resource: ASGH.org

Age range: 7-10/ 11-14/ 14-16/ 16-18

Approach: Topic material

 

Genetic Resources for Schools and Students

Resources developed by the Institute of Biology to improve the understanding of human genetics in schools from Key Stage 2 upwards, UK.

Resource: Institute of Biology

Age range: 7-10/ 11-14/ 14-16/ 16-18

Approach: Topic material

 

Genetics Education Partnership (GEP)

Learning community of school teachers, scientists and genetics professionals, Washington, USA.

Resource: Genetics Education Partnership

Age range: 7-10/ 11-14/ 14-16/ 16-18

Approach: Topic material

 

Serendip

Serendip presents resources from the University of Pennsylvania on cell division and genetics including:
-minds-on discussion/worksheet activities, games, and web-based activities for learning and review
-overviews of important biological topics, including major concepts, common misconceptions, and suggested learning activities.

Resource: Serendip Minds-on activities

Approach: Tutorial activity

 

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