The University of Utah’s Genetic Science Learning Center has made available Learn.Genetics, a free collection of educational material for grades 6-12 science and health students and teachers.
A section called Basics provides a foundation in cells and their parts. A Tour of the Basics covers six topics:
- and traits.
Students can take the tour online, or teachers can download it to a computer. Each topic is presented with a series of slides. Information is in print and audio. Students click arrows to move forward or backward. The tour links to an older version that covers mitosis and meiosis.
New & Popular currently highlights nine sections of the website. For example, Build A DNA Molecule is an interactive that lets students link pairs of molecules to build a partial strand of DNA and discover how long it would take to build a complete strand by hand. Another interactive, Click And Clone lets student clone a mouse.
Associated with Learn.Genetics is Teach.Genetics. Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans is a collection of free classroom tools and supplemental resources for K-12. The unit Introduction To Heredity contains lesson plans, take-home activities, and teacher resources for grades 5-7 that are keyed to National Science Education Standards. Supplemental material for Amazing Cells and Epigenetics are also available. The Print-And-Go Lesson Plan Index links to games, simulations, activities, worksheets, teaching guides, and more, all provided as PDFs.