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- Cloning Around
- After students investigate cloning and genetics, they participate in a round-table ethics discussion. Each student then writes either an expository or persuasive essay on a topic stemming from the cloning debate.
- Vital Records
- In this activity, students create their own genetic pedigree chart.
- Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race
- Issues of genetics intersect with curriculum related to the Holocaust. The U.S. Holocaust Museum offers this excellent consideration of the conflict.
- The Clone Age
- An investigation of heredity and genetics can easily lead to a consideration of the issue of cloning. This activity provides a structure for student discussion and debate.
- Diving into Iceland's Genetic Pool
- Students investigate the ethical issues surrounding the Decode project in Iceland by taking the positions of the Icelandic government, scientific researchers, and citizens.
- Salmon Homing
- Is the ability to detect certain odors a genetic trait in humans? Salmon are just one of many species that rely upon scent detection for survival. This activity vividly investigates scent detection abilities within a group of human beings.
- Traits 'R Us
- Microsoft suggests this activity for grades 9-12, but it could easily be adapted for 7th Grade. If you have a computer with database software (like Microsoft's Access), this activity is a powerful demonstration of data analysis.