Looking for ways to extend your investigation into other areas of the curriculum? These resources can help.

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Language Arts

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.

Social Studies

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. | © 2005 The Franklin Institute - All rights reserved.