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Genetics – Major Concepts, Common Misconceptions, and Learning Activities

Part I summarizes key concepts in genetics. Part II presents common misconceptions. Part III recommends an integrated sequence of learning activities on the biological basis of genetics, plus seven human genetics learning activities. These learning activities develop student understanding of key concepts and counteract common misconceptions. Each of these recommended learning activities supports the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

The attached files have the key concepts and recommended learning activities.


GeneticsConceptsActivitiesTN.docx35.78 KB
GeneticsConceptsActivitiesTN.pdf185.24 KB


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2020 revision

This overview has been updated and reorganized to incorporate new genetics learning activities and clarify the sequence and relationships between hands-on activities and analysis and discussion activities.


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2018 revision

Genetics – Major Concepts, Common Misconceptions and Learning Activities has been updated and expanded to be more accurate and complete.

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2013 revision

In the 2013 revision, this overview has been expanded to include a broader range of learning activities that support the Next Generation Science Standards, including the Disciplinary Core Ideas of inheritance and variation of traits and Scientific Practices.

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Biology of Human Genetics

Thank you for your care and support of science education with a hands-on approach.

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August 2012 revision

This overview of genetics concepts and learning activities has been streamlined and clarified to increase the focus on major concepts and relevant activities.

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