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    In this activity, students use an interactive or paper-based graphic organiser to explore common alternative conceptions about genetics. This activity can be done individually, in pairs or as a whole class.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • explain their thinking behind where they have placed the information
    • explain some key genetics terms including ‘DNA’, ‘gene’ and ‘chromosome’
    • describe the basic processes by which genetic information is passed from 1 generation to the next.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

    • introduction/background notes
    • what you need
    • what to do
    • extension ideas
    • student worksheets
    • teacher answer sheet.

    Related content

    The following articles provide background information on some of the science ideas and concepts behind this activity:

    Activity idea

    In the activity Genetics webquest, students carry out a genetics webquest using resources from the Science Learning Hub or a genetics animation from the Learn Genetics website.

      Published 22 June 2011, Updated 12 June 2020 Referencing Hub articles