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Teacher-Recommended Collection: Genetics

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Description Collection Description
These resources provide ideas on how to teach students from the basics of DNA to the process of protein synthesis. The resources range from readings, to hands-on activities, to interactive activities on the Internet.

Describe how this collection was used.
This collection was used to supplement instruction for a unit on Nucleic Acids and Protein Synthesis to enhance my lessons and to increase engagement.

Describe who used this collection (classroom, laboratory, education level, etc).
These resources were used in my high school on-level, ESOL, and Honors Biology courses.

Describe how this collection works.
Two of the resources are merely text that can be used to provide background on transcription, translation and chromosomes. “Do the DNA Twist” and “String Me Up” are short labs that can be used to help students understand the structure and size of DNA. The remaining resources are educational games and interactive sites to reinforce the material in an engaging and fun manner.

Please enter suggestions for colleagues.
The Human Genome reference can be used to show students a real-world application of the concepts they are learning. The readings will need to be modified to meet the needs of your students.

Type of Resource Annotated Collection
Format Web Page - HTML
Natasha Ezerski, Seneca Valley High School
Grade/Age Level High School lower division (Grades 9-10)
Learning Time 2-3 hours
Languages English, Spanish
Cultural Aspect Historical (specific eras)
Type of Review Reviewed by Partner Organization

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DNA Workshop
Allows students to interact with DNA replication and protein synthesis.


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This collection is good in that it provides some resources that can be utilized in the class/lab and others than can be assigned outside the class. However, the collection is not about "Mendelian Genetics" and is about "an introduction to molecular genetics" (DNA structure, replication, transcription and translation).

—matthew carrigan, Santa Fe College