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A Stunning Scale Model of Our Solar System, Drawn in the Desert
Yes Don and everyone considering using this video Don's  observation: Arlene, that was stunningly beautiful. I have worked with my students to develop a "peppercorn earth" model of the solar system from the sun to Pluto in which the earth was a peppercorn and the sun was a grapefrui...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Sat Jun 03, 2017 9:16 AM

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Earth and Space Science
genetics in Elementary and Middle School
I currently work in a genetics lab engineering yeast for biofuel, and though it is an intricate process I feel that the basic genetics concepts I rely upon can be made accessible to younger audiences. The first time genetics was fully elaborated upon, going beyond the typical “you look lik...

by Victoria Glynn > Sat Apr 22, 2017 10:56 PM

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STEM
Change in Education blog post
Great job with your blog! I just started blogging with Blogspot this school year to highlight what the science teachers in my district are doing since I'm now in a science coaching position. I've really enjoyed being able to write about what's happening. I had to chuckle a bit when I read through...

by Chance Duncan > Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:36 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Human genome project ideas?
Hi Stephanie! Great topic. I have struggled with teaching genetics because of the amount of vocabulary needed and how vast the implications are in this subject. I am still working out the kinks especially with the new NGSS. I would love to share ideas here. I do love teaching about the human gen...

by Amanda Wolfe > Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:15 AM

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Life Science
4th grade life science
http://teach.genetics.utah.edu/content/heredity/ https://educators.brainpop.com/bp-topic/genetics/ https://www.teachervision.com/genetics/printable/33772.html Brttany, I apologize for the late response. I hope something here appeals to you.

by Pamela Dupre > Sun Nov 13, 2016 4:17 PM

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Life Science
4th grade life science
I found this on heredity in the Learning Center: https://learningcenter.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/7/SCB-HAV.1.1 This is about DNA and genetics: https://learningcenter.nsta.org/resource/?id=10.2505/9781936137275.5 In the same location look for the blue button on the upper right that r...

by Pamela Dupre > Sat Oct 29, 2016 12:04 PM

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Life Science
New Teacher Needs genetics Tips (Please)
Hello everyone!  I am currently a student teacher and my very first unit plan is going to be on genetics! I was wondering if you all had any tips, activities, labs, suggested readings, and so on?  Thank you for sharing your wisdom! 

by Shannon Fasing > Tue Oct 25, 2016 2:06 PM

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Life Science
4th grade life science
Hi Brittney- You might find something fun here- this website collects great hands-on lessons from museums and other reputable organizations. I've narrowed a search for genetics and 4th grade. https://www.howtosmile.org/resourcesearch?qq=genetics&facetSort=1&ageRange=8-11+years+old+%28grades+3-5%...

by Sarah Benton Feitlinger > Tue Oct 04, 2016 10:45 AM

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Life Science
4th grade life science
Hello! I am an elementary education student preparing a 4th grade life science lesson about genetics. More specifically, I need to focus on genetics and why children are not exactly like their parents. Does anyone have any suggestions from teaching a similar lesson? Thank you! 

by Brittany Beard > Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:09 AM

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Life Science
4th grade life science
Hello! I am an elementary education student preparing a 4th grade life science lesson about genetics. More specifically, I need to focus on genetics and why children are not exactly like their parents. Does anyone have any suggestions from teaching a similar lesson? Thank you! 

by Brittany Beard > Mon Oct 03, 2016 11:09 AM

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Life Science
DNA
I just ran across this, I haven't had a chance to check it all out, but it looks engaging! [table][tr][td] Fingerprinting Elephants [/td] [/tr] [tr][td][/td] [/tr] [tr][td][/td] [/tr] [tr][td] Students play detective in our new interactive . By using DNA fingerprinting to solve two ...

by Sharla Dowding, NBCT > Thu Aug 04, 2016 1:53 PM

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Life Science
Getting girls involved in Science
I agree that bringing female scientists into the classroom is a great way to show the students the face of science. One activity I do is have the students work on a collage of a scientist or scientists in a particular field. We use magazine cutouts that pertain to the field of study. Last year the t...

by Eric Roth > Tue Jul 26, 2016 11:34 PM

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Elementary Science
Lab Dissections
 One way to do dissection in regard to Evolution  is to use a worm,  sea squirt, frog,  fish, baby shark, and an egg of a chicken. Ask students to brainstorm how they are related . Answers may vary but you want notochord, gills, seperate mouth and anus,  notochord  lays in  dorsal position and / or ...

by Barbara Searcy > Wed Apr 13, 2016 8:38 PM

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Life Science
genetics of Sesame Street Characters
Wow this sounds so interesting. I have never thought of using these familiar characters to teach about genetics. I feel that students will be interested and would also be fascinated by the fact that we are using make believe characters to teach about something that is real, like genetics

by Hayley Lit > Tue Apr 12, 2016 10:43 PM

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Life Science
Cells can't be boring!!
Not sure if anyone mentioned this resource but, Amazing Cells on the Learn genetics Utah website is an incredibly useful way to help reinforce student learning on cells.  It is also useful for genetics topics.   http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/cells/

by Nichelle Williams > Sat Mar 05, 2016 10:29 PM

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Life Science
Animals in the classroom?
Have you consider what lesson plans can be used with the animal , safety, animal behaviour, genetics, etc? These lesson plans and  learning goals can be submitted to principal in request for having it in the classroom. For example, raising betta fish as lesson on genetics of color, iridensce, and ta...

by Barbara Searcy > Thu Mar 03, 2016 10:36 AM

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Life Science
NSTA Case Study: Cafeteria Caper
I plan to use the "Cafeteria Caper" case study in the genetics unit.  I am curious to know if anyone has used this case study from the NSTA resources.  If you have used it I would like to know if it was a success, and do you have any recommendations for implementation.  If not for this particular ca...

by Nichelle Williams > Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:51 PM

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Life Science
genetics of Sesame Street Characters
I like it. There are so many great intro genetics activities (Ree-Bops, etc). If you teach BIOLOGY or CHEMISTRY and haven't been to Nancy Clark's websites it's worth a visit for a treasure trove of activities! She has the Sesame Street genetics posted there. GREAT RESOURCES!!!

by Kate Thomson > Wed Feb 24, 2016 9:09 PM

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Life Science
blood typing
I would say to try it out. Many students do not know their blood type even in high school and college grades, though you should get parent permission and send it through different processes because some students may not even show the letter to the parents. So I would let the parents know that you ar...

by Michelle Khan > Wed Feb 17, 2016 5:03 PM

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Life Science
genetics of Sesame Street Characters
I have seen people play with the concept of genetics with fictional characters. As long as you have a great imagination and can make it believable, go for it. 

by Jonathan Marin > Fri Dec 11, 2015 10:47 AM

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Life Science
Advice for Elementary Lessons on Heredity
I completely agree! Using something like animals would let students really observe differences without offending anyone. It's also much easier to see the differences in genetics in different breeds of dogs. 

by Monica Pelayo > Fri Dec 11, 2015 2:25 AM

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Elementary Science
Advice for Elementary Lessons on Heredity
I think this topic will be difficult to teach younger students to do, but I saw this great activity where you can teach them how heriderty through their family. Have them look at their families and have them understand it's usually carried through what your born with and family. For example if your ...

by Melissa Ruiz > Wed Dec 09, 2015 9:30 PM

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Elementary Science
Advice for Elementary Lessons on Heredity
Hi, I saw a great activity where student made an inventory of traits. This was for higher elementary grades but you can maybe look at it and adapt it so that it is appropriate to your grade level. You also can focus on pets, for example dob breeds or crossbreeds and have students analyze and obser...

by Jessica Ruiz Velasquez > Mon Dec 07, 2015 12:26 AM

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Elementary Science
genetics of Sesame Street Characters
This seems like so much fun! I am so fascinated with genetics. I can sit down for hours talking to people about how their ancestry relates to their phenotype. I think genetics are a lot of fun and having students evaluate the genetics of characters they are familiar with is even more entertaining fo...

by Genevieve Remy > Sat Nov 21, 2015 10:13 PM

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Life Science
genetics of Sesame Street Characters
Has anyone tried this?  I'm planning on doing this activity in three weeks and was looking for some pointers... It's from Science Scope, February 2001, by Susan Ray 

by Erica Motamed > Thu Nov 19, 2015 4:51 PM

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Life Science
genetics
I thought this was a neat idea. I saw it at a Science and Engineering Festival. There was a table and on the table there was a poster with two animals made out of construction paper. They both had different colored eyes, tails, and ears. The children had to pick out letters from a fish bowl. The let...

by Marisela Garza > Sun Nov 08, 2015 6:38 PM

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Elementary Science
genetics Kit
genetics is a pretty broad theme. Did you have a particular topic in mind? DNA extraction from strawberries is a pretty good activity. It is fairly simple and hard for students to mess up. There may be a kit commercially available, but I just use a protocol I found online. http://genetics.thetec...

by Cris Dewolf > Wed Oct 21, 2015 9:18 AM

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Life Science
genetics Kit
Can anyone recommend a genetics kit that might be of use with 7th grade students?

by G Nathan Carnes > Tue Oct 20, 2015 11:08 PM

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Life Science
Why is Cancer so Common?
Cancer has been around for as long as humans have been around but we were not aware of it hundreds of years ago. People were unaware the cigarettes they were smoking and the radiation from the sun was causing cancer. I think with the advances in technology and research, cancer is found more and more...

by Carly Deeter > Mon Sep 21, 2015 11:37 AM

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Life Science
Technology
I've used several pHET sims and the teacher created work sheets. My students have found them to be engaging and doable for 5th & 6th graders. I often have to review afterwards to clarify concepts. I've also used Concordia Consortium? I wish I had found their dragon genetics module when I was teac...

by Deborah Pentecost > Mon Jul 27, 2015 11:44 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Student Centered Activities for High School
I think this is a pretty great activity. I may add this to my genetics unit. I'm trying to think about how I could alter it to inject a little inquiry into it. Thanks for sharing.

by Keith Browning > Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:48 AM

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New Teachers
Genetic Mutations
This is a simple, but great idea. I can see how students started to understand frameshift/point after this simple task. If I ever get to teach about genetics, I will definitely use this technique. Thanks for sharing!

by Michaela Aiello > Sun Apr 26, 2015 9:15 PM

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Life Science
Inheritance for grades K-2?
One activity I have completed with students when talking about variation of human traits is a game similar to the "optional activity" mentioned in this lesson: http://teach.genetics.utah.edu/content/heredity/html/inventory.html After taking a survey of their own traits and comparing them to ...

by Crista Smith > Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:17 PM

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Life Science
Inheritance for grades K-2?
Hi Phyllis- If you're looking for some lesson on inheritance/genetics for primary grades, I suggest visiting Education Environment Initiative's curriculum website: http://www.californiaeei.org/curriculum/ If you complete the online podcast training, you can access free curriculum aligned wi...

by Amy Jorgensen > Tue Apr 14, 2015 12:02 PM

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Life Science
Biology Institute At Exeter June 21-June 26
Biology Institute At Exeter---Phillips Exeter Academy 5 th Annual Biology Institute at Exeter Spend a week immersed in biology and enjoy learning the latest biology teaching techniques in a state-of-the- art science education facility at Phillips Exeter Academy. Sunday, June 21 – Frid...

by Richard Benz > Tue Mar 31, 2015 2:15 PM

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Life Science
Cells can't be boring!!
Hi! Just back from #NSTA15 and I found the Cell Zone booth pretty cool. It had larger than life plastic models of a cell that you could adjust so that what you are seeing under the microscope is what your model on your lab bench looked like. Also, I love Amazing Cell menu at Learn.genetics. http...

by Emily Keeter > Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:53 PM

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Life Science
Inheritance for grades K-2?
Hi! I'm looking for some ideas for lesson plans on inheritance/genetics for younger grades. I'd like to tie them into a bigger unit on either animals, family, etc. I was also trying to come up with some science topics that relate to inheritance for younger children, but I'm coming up blank.

by Phyllis Cammiso > Thu Mar 05, 2015 1:31 PM

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Life Science
genetics Activity
Wow! There are so many great ideas and resources here for genetics activities! I find genetics so fascinating! I know I will teach it in my classroom eventually so it is important to have some great resources and information. I've saved various of these ideas and websites. Thanks to everyone!

by Leslie Hernandez > Wed Nov 26, 2014 10:16 AM

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Life Science
Resources on how to handle difficult subjects? Cancer, etc.
From my colleague's email: I have had students that are sensitive to the material being covered in class. A couple students who have fathers battling cancer, which makes discussion in class (even remotely on genetics) difficult and distracting to them. I wish we had some resources and discu...

by Juleen Whall > Tue Nov 11, 2014 11:05 PM

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General Science and Teaching
genetics Activity
One thing that I think would be really cool for 7th graders to do for genetics would be a "build an alien" project. I remember doing a "draw an alien" assignment in middle school in which basically your students roll die and follow a worksheet to determine their alien's traits. For my assignment I h...

by Michelle Mattern > Tue Nov 04, 2014 2:20 AM

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Life Science
Full STEAM Ahead!
I finished my EdS program at the University of Georgia in 2013 in Gifted and Creative Education. The focus of my work was incorporating Art into Science Education. I completed my practicum at DaVinci Academy in Hall County, GA working on the 7th grade genetics museum exhibit. This program of choice ...

by Joni Ingram > Mon Nov 03, 2014 8:07 PM

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STEM
Curriculum Topic Study for genetics
So awesome of you to share this! I am currently an MAT student and am writing my lesson plan for a Life Science Unit on genetics and Heredity. I like your ideas. I don't know if you have been to this website but I love it! You can register for free and get help with planning curriculum, lessons an...

by Lisa Wayans > Thu Oct 30, 2014 12:15 AM

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Life Science
genetics Activity
I do this lab with my students when I teach genetics. It's called Click and Clone and allows students to clone their very own virtual mouse. It's great to teach stem cells as well as DNA. My students go nuts for this, and can't believe how much they learn from it! http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/...

by Paige Sydoruk > Wed Oct 29, 2014 8:26 PM

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Life Science
Curriculum Topic Study for genetics
I am a pre-service teacher and I am working on making a unit plan on genetics for a high school biology class. I thought it would be nice to share the curriculum topic study that I had to do before beginning my genetics unit plan for anyone interested.

by Siobhan McKenna > Wed Oct 29, 2014 3:56 AM

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Life Science
Evolution and genetics labs
Hi, So I am going to be starting my student teaching next semester in high school biology classes. The units that I will be taking over are primarily genetics and Evolution. The students have a two-hour lab period once a week and I am having difficulties with ideas for labs that they could do inv...

by Alex Cavacas > Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:29 PM

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Life Science
Social Media in the Science Classroom
Robin wrote, " What grade are you using the blogging idea with? Do students post from home or only from school ?" Hi Robin, This year I am using blogging with all my classes (grades 9-12). We will have three class blogs: one for Earth Science (it is the oldest), one for Physics, and one shared...

by Ruth Hutson > Mon Sep 29, 2014 12:18 AM

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Earth and Space Science
Free is Good Especially from this Source
Naked Scientists genetics podcast http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/typo3conf/ext/naksci_...st=1000829

by Pamela Auburn > Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:21 PM

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Life Science
Teaching Students Scale
I love using the following animation with my students. I used to use it with my 8th graders each year. It shows the comparison of a coffee bean on down to the atom with reference items along the way. http://learn.genetics.utah.edu/content/cells/scale/ It might lead to a good discussion about scal...

by Lynnea Shafter > Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:41 PM

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General Science and Teaching
genetics Activity
Try this website, it has some good information. http://learn.genetics.utah.edu. The genetics Science Learning Center.

by Coza Blount > Mon Apr 28, 2014 2:24 PM

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Life Science
Enough time for science?
One thing that I have noticed is that the focus in literacy is predominantly fiction. You might want to make an effort to have the literacy reflect more non-fiction, specifically science. There are different techniques for learning to read science and social studies, and hopefully this will better p...

by Jennifer Rahn > Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:43 PM

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Elementary Science
Animal Habitat Project
As much as I love the idea of this project, I would need to ask a few questions. First off, are we talking about habitats for live animals? I think we need to be very cognizant of our treatment of live specimens both in the classroom, and once the project is over. If the animals are to go home with ...

by Jennifer Rahn > Mon Apr 21, 2014 10:17 PM

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Early Childhood
Citing NSTA publications
I am writing about the teaching of genetics and related topics in elementary schools. I would like to cite some of the articles about adaptation that have been published in Science and Children but although I can extract title, author, date, and of course publication from my NSTA library, I could no...

by Nancylee Bergey > Sat Feb 15, 2014 10:04 AM

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Professional Development
Movies in Science
I used Day After Tomorrow in my classes. It actually talks about polar vortexes so it is very relevant to our weather this winter. I have also shown 2012, but I personally believe that Day After Tomorrow is much better. For genetics, Gattaca is a good movie. It is about genetically engineeri...

by Ali Newgebauer > Tue Feb 11, 2014 9:33 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Review for State Testing
Hi Shalen - Great idea to help make review interesting for students. I looked up the article " Survivor Science " by Kathy Costello and it was very interesting. I do agree with the review that a "daily winner" may help keep student's interest longer term. After all, if you are "voted off the is...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:26 AM

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General Science and Teaching
Teaching mitosis and meiosis to middle schoolers
We are about to start our unit on genetics and heredity, and we are starting by comparing and contrasting mitosis and meiosis, as they relate to sexual and asexual reproduction. Our 6th grade students do not need to learn the specific stages of these processes, but need to know them in broad, genera...

by Ashley Cox > Thu Jan 09, 2014 11:58 AM

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Life Science
incomplete dominane activity
I did this Monster genetics Activity...it covers various types of dominance. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/exhibition/harrypottersworld/pdf/teac...icslab.pdf This fingerprint lab looks interesting too... http://ljhs.sandi.net/faculty/SBrammer/Biology/Biology_Labs/...%20Lab.pdf

by Chris Leverington > Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:15 PM

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Life Science
Fast Plants
Hi All, I received a small grant ($500.00)and am using it to support growing Fast Plants. We have about 320 7th graders and I want to make the most of the grant. I was considering buying the florescent lighting systems from the company that sells fast plants. Has anyone used used these or constru...

by Lisa Russell > Fri Dec 20, 2013 6:12 PM

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Life Science
Help! Need to teach AFTER the big state test!
I am so sorry, I totally meant to link my reply above to some really great forum discussions on use of movies (and I spaced). However, to be fair, many of the articles I linked to address biology topics already. Movies in Science forum Movies in Science: genetics forum "Life" in Movies ...

by Tina Harris > Sat Dec 14, 2013 1:42 PM

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New Teachers
genetics Activity
Thomas and Sally The Interplay of Scientific and Historical Evidence Abstract: Did Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, have children with his slave Sally Hemings? This PowerPoint clicker case explores this controversial question as students consider the evidence for Jeffers...

by Pamela Auburn > Fri Dec 13, 2013 3:22 PM

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Life Science
genetics Activity
I will be starting genetics after Christmas. There are some really great links here that I had not found before. I really like the Crazy Gene activity. It is definitely one I will be doing this year.

by Janice Weikel > Tue Dec 10, 2013 11:05 PM

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Life Science
incomplete dominane activity
Have you ever tried Dragon genetics? This is something I have been meaning to try with my students and still may this trimester. http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/exchange/waldron/dragongenetics2

by Cris Dewolf > Sun Dec 08, 2013 11:45 AM

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Life Science
incomplete dominane activity
I don't have any super awesome labs to do with incomplete dominance, but I do activities to show various genetic traits for each student. We look at widow's peak, tongue rolling, PTC tasters (This always is amusing to me because I am not a PTC taster and enjoy seeing my students faces.), hitch-hike...

by Angela Snyder > Sat Dec 07, 2013 12:10 AM

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Life Science
genetics Activity
I have taught genetics several times now, and I love these lesson ideas! Everyone has posted some great materials! I apologize if I repeat anything, but here are some that I use. I do teach high school, but most of my classes are inclusion classes so I imagine it might work for 7th grade too. ...

by Stefanie Graban > Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:19 PM

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Life Science
genetics Activity
I use several different inquiry activities to help students understand genetics. 1. Is a PBS Secrets of the Dead episode that has great cross-curricular potential. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/secrets/previous_seasons/lessons/lp_plague.html 2. Is entitled Bloodline and uses an episode of the G...

by Shannon Clegg > Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:14 PM

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Life Science
Biology novels
Here is a list of Biology Books put together by AP central Agosta, William C. Chemical Communication: The Language of Pheromones (1992) (NF) Pheromones are used in a variety of animals in reproduction, territory marking, signaling, and other forms of communication. Agosta, William...

by Pamela Auburn > Fri Nov 22, 2013 1:14 PM

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Life Science
DNA Replication
For what grade? I have done a foldable for 9th graders just to help them understand the general concept, or my 10th grade genetics class created models of the process of DNA replication including various proteins involved. I have found that replication is a hard one to do as an inquiry activity.

by Erica Danaee > Thu Nov 21, 2013 8:11 AM

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Life Science
Finding Articles for Argument from evidence writing
While Scientific American main articles are a bit long, the shorter overview articles at the beginning are very appropriate to middle grades. I don't know if they still do this, but older SciAm had a short article in the back on either how something works or a one page notable event/discovery that...

by Tina Harris > Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:25 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Fall 2013 Professional Development Opportunities
MIT Unleashes New Online Game for Math and Science Radix, as it’s known, is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards for biology, focusing on topics like genetics, evolution, ecology and human body systems. In math, the game is aligned to the Common Core and has particular focuses on al...

by Pamela Auburn > Fri Sep 06, 2013 2:48 PM

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Professional Development
Life Science Case Studies
I have become a huge fan of case studies. I just got this from the Buffalo Center for Case study teaching in Science Dear Teachers: This week we present “Mathematics in Conservation: The Case of the Endangered Florida Panther” by Geffrey F. Stopper (Department of Biology) and Andrew G. Lazowsk...

by Pamela Auburn > Fri Aug 16, 2013 3:00 PM

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Life Science
Free webinars
Sanje, If you are interested in putting in a little effort and learning some content in depth, you might try one of the many free MOOCs (massively open online classes) available from several of the world's finest universities. Two that I have used recently are Coursera: https://www.coursera.o...

by Jennifer Rahn > Mon Aug 12, 2013 11:28 AM

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Professional Development
Biology Articles
Hi! I have pinned the following all with various degrees of success ... http://www.youngzine.org FREE Current Events website. Perfect for MS. http://www.popsci.com Popular Science http://www.microbeworld.org/news Microbe world news. http://wp.stockton.edu/gfb1/ Punnett's Sq...

by Emily Keeter > Wed Jul 24, 2013 1:43 PM

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Life Science
Secrets of Life MIT MOOC and NSTA web seminars
I also recently finished taking the final exam for the EdX/MIT MOOC course: Introduction to Biology – The Secret of Life. Wow, what an amazing learning adventure it has been these past few months. Dr. Eric Lander was such an engaging teacher with contagious enthusiasm and passion for science. ...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Fri Jun 07, 2013 6:41 PM

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Life Science
Secrets of Life MIT MOOC and NSTA web seminars
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the fact that I was able to keep up with it despite my busy work schedule! I ditto what Ruth said about the integration of genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology, and the historical context. The content was a great refresher in some respect, and a wealth o...

by Lisa Marchi > Wed Jun 05, 2013 5:29 PM

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Life Science
Secrets of Life MIT MOOC and NSTA web seminars
I just finished taking the final for the Secret of Life MOOC. I really enjoyed the course. The technology portion was challenging because at times it didn't work like it should. However, it was a great review on the molecular biology/biochemistry aspect of the course. It was also an enlightening ...

by Ruth Hutson > Wed Jun 05, 2013 11:38 AM

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Life Science
PD opportunity from Harvard Medical School, July 17 & 18
Personal genetics in the High School Classroom: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Harvard Medical School Professional Development for High School Teachers Personal genetics Education Project Current high school students are among the first generation that will have unprecedented access to info...

by Lauren Tomaselli > Thu May 16, 2013 3:27 PM

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Professional Development
PD opportunity from Harvard Medical School, July 17 & 18
Personal genetics in the High School Classroom: Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Harvard Medical School Professional Development for High School Teachers Personal genetics Education Project Current high school students are among the first generation that will have unprecedented access to info...

by Lauren Tomaselli > Thu May 16, 2013 3:26 PM

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Professional Development
Best Websites
The Eye-Antenna Disc and Eye Morphogenesis http://www.sdbonline.org/fly/aimorph/eye.htm A list and description of Drosophila genes involved in eye and antenna formation, subdivided by pathway, function and cellular location Nice genetics resources Embryonic Development: Putting on the fin...

by Pamela Auburn > Mon May 13, 2013 3:52 PM

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Earth and Space Science
Immortal Jellyfish - who knew?
I'm taking the SOL course right now on genetics. Wonder if this we can post in discussions to Dr. Landers? [i]“There’s a shocking amount of genetic similarity between jellyfish and human beings,” said Kevin J. Peterson, a molecular paleobiologist who contributed to that study, when I visited h...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:38 PM

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General Science and Teaching
Short films/activities to include in an Evolution unit plan for high school?
Hi Alex, Try something from BrightStorm. The explanations are so very clear. Also, Learn genetics has some clear, short discussions on the peppered moth and natural selection. Also, try looking for a popular link on mice on a lava flow as examples of selection pressure and evolution. finally, the...

by Michele Bloomquist > Mon Apr 08, 2013 12:16 AM

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Life Science
Webinars
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by Pamela Auburn > Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:36 AM

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Professional Development
genetics Activity
I currently teach genetics by starting with the Reebops lab. http://cbe.wisc.edu/assets/docs/pdf/reebops/reebops.pdf We then transition into basics of genetics and Punnett Squares mothered are many variations of the original plan plus PPT's that go into more depth. My students go on to mate thei...

by Margaret Henry > Mon Apr 01, 2013 5:21 AM

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Life Science
Asking better Questions
Such good suggestions thank you all so much. I am learning so much reading your replies. I have been teaching 5 years and can't believe how much I still have to learn. I had a little epiphany last year after showing my kids a picture of a family, both parents little people and 3 kids, 2 not little...

by Harriet Smith > Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:59 AM

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Life Science
Pedagogical Strategies for Teaching Biology
Thanks Dawn! This is a much better model than the DNA Origami model I had found earlier at this site. They must have improved it since I downloaded it earlier this year. Excellent set of resources for teaching genetics. - Dorothy

by Dorothy Ginnett > Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:50 PM

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Life Science
Secrets of Life MIT MOOC and NSTA web seminars
One thing I have found interesting in the course is that we've been able to deal with pretty complex subjects rather quickly without getting bogged down in the vocabulary. We have dwelt on some details that often get left out of a intro CP Bio course (like chemical properties of all the amino acids)...

by Mary Liu > Thu Mar 21, 2013 9:33 PM

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Life Science
Main Topics
When it comes to planning a lesson I don't find it so challenging to come up with a theme or areas to address, but I typically find myself trying to incorporate too much, and want to cover too many areas. I'd like to try to incorporate Nutrition and genetics into two continuing lesson plans, but as...

by Kristen Girch > Thu Mar 14, 2013 12:18 PM

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New Teachers
Secrets of Life MIT MOOC and NSTA web seminars
Science as Fusion Cuisine ? If you have six minutes listen to Dr. Eric Lander's Interview about science in the NY Times interview. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/03/science/broad-institute-di...d=all&_r=0 Science is casting about.........Science is a social activity .... Science i...

by Arlene Jurewicz Leighton > Thu Mar 14, 2013 10:06 AM

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Life Science
Secrets of Life MIT MOOC and NSTA web seminars
Hi Everyone – I’m also enrolled in the edX course, Introduction to Biology – The Secrets of Life . I am enjoying it immensely. Also, looking forward to the NSTA web seminars and opportunity to network with other educators. I’m curious, what are you discovering so far that is new learnin...

by Dorothy Ginnett > Mon Mar 11, 2013 6:06 PM

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Life Science
Teaching genetics/Heredity to Students with Special Needsw
Hi again, I guess it would help if I told you the website. http://www.nclark.net/genetics

by Nicole Bartkovich > Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:16 PM

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Life Science
Animal Growth & Heredity
This is my first year as a 5th grade teacher. I am about to start a Life Science Chapter on Animal Growth and Heredity. My students usually need concrete, hands-on activities that introduce a topic before we move into reading the chapter, taking notes, creating graphic organizers, and talking about ...

by Sondra Lee > Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:21 PM

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Elementary Science
genetics Activity
Hello everyone, I just finished Meiosis topic in class. One of the activities was to model meiosis using strips of papers of different colors, strings and paper clips. At each step of the process, students were told to take pictures of their model using their cellphones or any digital camera....

by Patria Baumstark > Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:08 AM

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Life Science
Planning For Summer 2013
The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, the largest zoo-based research team in the world, is dedicated to preserving and protecting rare and endangered wildlife and habitats and acknowledges that education and outreach form the cornerstones of any successful conservation endeavor. It ...

by Pamela Auburn > Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:36 PM

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Professional Development
genetics Activity
This is a great thread, and I'm sad I didn't catch it beforehand when I was teaching heredity and genetics a few weeks ago. I second Learn.genetics, and Sciencespot.net's Spongebob Bikini Bottom genetics worksheets! When starting with something difficult like this, it always helps to start off with ...

by Cheska Lorena > Sat Feb 09, 2013 7:48 PM

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Life Science
genetics Activity
The resources here are terrific and I plan to use some of them in my own class! A lot of my students already have record of their family pedigrees, which is awesome. Based on the students' pedigree, some of the topics that they discuss are: dominant/recessive alleles, codominance, inheritance, g...

by Ryan Matsumoto > Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:14 PM

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Life Science
genetics Activity
Alex, Here are some websites that I use for the genetics Unit. As you've gotten some replies with this site already, I frequently do use the nClark WebSite which the link is below... http://www.nclark.net/genetics However, I think some students know about this web site, so if you are pla...

by Osamu Ono > Fri Feb 08, 2013 12:56 PM

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Life Science
genetics Activity
I am currently reviewing genetics with my 8th graders and have found that they struggle with the abstract. After great deliberation I created a life size punnet square in the hall outside my classroom door. My students then become the alleles and the offspring genotypes. They can now do punnet squar...

by Stacy Morganroth-Lapham > Tue Feb 05, 2013 8:47 AM

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Life Science
Teaching genetics/Heredity to Students with Special Needsw
In my experience, many weaker students really enjoy genetics/heredity, because it is so relevant to their individual lives. I have seen students thrive on activities that let them take surveys on phenotypic expressions in classmates. These "fun" surveys can be translated to a discussion on dominan...

by Whitney Aragaki > Sun Jan 27, 2013 2:41 PM

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Life Science
Cross Cutting Science
Curriculum - Overview An Internet pioneer, CIESE received one of the nation’s first grants in 1993 to explore Internet use in K-12 science and mathematics education. Since then, teachers and students worldwide have benefited from CIESE online projects. Specializing in quantitative, inquiry-bas...

by Pamela Auburn > Fri Jan 25, 2013 12:57 PM

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STEM
Classification: Linnaean v. Phylogenetic
Phylogenetics is the correct way, but we're still entrenched into the Linnaean system. Scientists still use the Linnaean system for classification even though, in some senses, it should be done away with (nightmare for Entomologists). I teach both because both are still used, but the Linnaean syste...

by Devin Bowen > Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:33 PM

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Life Science
Classification: Linnaean v. Phylogenetic
Here's another link explaining merits of phylogenetic classification. http://evolution.berkeley.edu/evolibrary/article/phylogenetics_04

by Beth Topinka > Sat Jan 19, 2013 2:05 PM

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Life Science
Websites For Science Teachers
Thanks for the Star genetics link. It looks like I can use it at multiple levels, both in our 9th/10th Biology I class and in AP.

by Cris Dewolf > Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:15 AM

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General Science and Teaching