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)genielogo.png

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 bananagenielogo.png

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 Wristgenielogo.png

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

Human Genome Racegenielogo.png

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

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 Milliongenielogo.png

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?genielogo.png

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

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

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

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 2genielogo.png

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 Youtube.This is made by the NDSU Virtual Cell Animations project. For more information, see http://vcell.ndsu.nodak.edu/animations


Resource: Youtube
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

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 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

Genetic techniques
Using a Micropipette (video)genielogo.png

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

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: Genetics Society of America
Age range: 7-10/ 11-14/ 14-16/ 16-18
Approach: Topic material

Genetic Resources for Schools and Students

Resources developed by the Royal Society 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

Genomics Education Partnership (GEP)

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


Resource: Genomics 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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