Teacher's guide for The Human Genome WebQuest
by St. Charles Parish
IntroductionUse this WebQuest to help 7 - 9 Science students learn about Human Genome. The goal is to get students engaging in critical thinking.
Main Topic: Human Genome Subtopics: genetics Grade Level: 7 - 9 Subject(s): Science Learning Goal: engaging in critical thinking
Vision and Reality
If the learning goal were achieved in the most ideal of perfect worlds it would look something like:
Students will be actively engaged in making a decision. They will work in cooperatively to gather information. The students will then reach a consensus using all of the information gathered and form a final decision for presentation.
However, what I anticipate probably looks more like:
The students will work cooperatively, but need guidance and questioning to help them fulfill the quest.
The What - If Inventory
To give the activity its best chance at helping students learn, I assembled this list of possible resources:
Web sites are available to conduct research on the process, ethics, benefits, opinions and future projections of human genomes.
LS-M-B3 describing how heredity allows parents to pass certain traits to offspring.
LS-M-B2 describing the role of chromosomes and genes in heredity;
LS-M-A7 describing communicable and non-communicable diseases.
LS-M-A6 describing how the human body changes with age and listing factors that affect the length and quality of life;
LS-H-G4 exploring current research on the major diseases with regard to cause, symptoms, treatment, prevention, and cure;
LS-H-G3 explaining the role of the immune system in fighting disease; LS-H-G2 contrasting how organisms cause disease;
LS-H-G1 relating fitness and health to longevity;
LS-H-B4 exploring advances in biotechnology and identifying possible positive and negative effects.
LS-H-B3 describing the transmission of traits from parent to offspring
and the influence of environmental factors on gene expression;
LS-H-B2 comparing and contrasting mitosis and meiosis;
LS-H-B1 explaining the relationship among chromosomes, DNA, genes, RNA, and proteins;
created by St. Charles Parish