Learn Genetics

Learn Genetics

The Learn.Genetics website created by the Genetic Science Learning Center offers a wealth of free educational resources on genetics for students and teachers alike. The resources can all be used to complement a classroom lecture, activity, or demonstration. Students can also use the resources independently. The resources focus on basic genetics and cover such as chromosomes, inheritance, proteins, RNA, mutation, and observable human traits. Using pigeons as an example, students can also learn about the intricacies of inheritance in fun, easy to understand lessons and activities. There are also lessons and activities on epigenetics and genetic science.

There is an additional classroom materials section where educators can explore active learning activities covering translation, mutation, inheritance, and DNA structure.

Note: Some of the interactive resources require a flash plug-in, like the free one offered by adobe, downloaded onto your browser.

Resource Contributed By: Megan Danielle Neal, University of California, Irvine

Interactive Digs from Around the World

Thanks to the Archaeological Institute of America and Archaeology Magazine, your students can virtually join archaeologists on digs around the world! The Interactive Digs website enables students to learn about digs currently happening in Ireland, Greece, Italy, the United States, and Suriname. Each dig has field reports, videos, photos, interviews with the archeologists, and notebook entries that can deepen how students understand the complexity of real-world archeological investigations. Explore the website and you will also find these multimedia resources for sixteen additional past digs in places like Guatemala, Turkey, Crimea, and Bolivia.

Teaching Resource Contributed By: Megan Danielle Neal

Linguistics Challenge Puzzles

Hosted by the Princeton Linguistics Club, the Linguistics Challenge website hosts a series of puzzles in different languages. The puzzles have four levels of difficulty and are designed with native English speakers in mind. The puzzles encourage players to learn about languages like Agta, Hawaiian, Georgian, and Thai. Just as every language is unique, players need to develop distinct approaches to solving the puzzles. 

Resource Contributed by: Megan Daniel Neal, University of California, Irvine

Dig into History: Mesopotamia

In their project, Dig Into History, the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago gives students the opportunity to learn how archeologists work while taking a closer look at the rich history of Mesopotamia. Students begin by participating in a virtual dig in Iraq where they travel to find priceless artifacts. Once they are assembled, students will curate a museum where they have the chance to analyze and write about the artifacts as they learn more about everyday life in Mesopotamia.

These activities require you to have a flash plug-in, like the free one offered by adobe, downloaded onto your browser.

Resource Contributed by: Megan Daniel Neal, University of California, Irvine

Nova Lab’s Evolution Lab

This PBS series, Nova Labs, has a special Evolution Lab that introduces students to evolution and genetics. In the first part, “Build a Tree,” students assemble phylogenetic trees using fossil morphology, biogeography, and DNA sequences. Students will then learn more about the Earth’s broad evolutionary history as they study deep time and speciation in the second section, “Deep Tree.” The Evolution Lab offers educators a wide range of resources like an educator guide, a lesson planvideosvirtual lab games, and video quizzes. By using the Evolution Lab, students will gain knowledge about the construction of phylogenetic trees as well as understand the evidence for evolution.

The Evolution Lab is a great addition to an introductory unit on evolution, but to complete all the required missions, students should already understand the structure of DNA.

Resource Contributed by: Megan Danielle Neal, University of California, Irvine