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

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

    • explain the key terms DNA, gene, chromosome, trait, genotype and phenotype
    • describe where DNA is found in the body
    • explain that genes code for specific proteins
    • explain the basic concept of inheritance – that parents pass chromosomes on to their children
    • explain how our phenotypes are a result of an interaction between genetic make-up and environmental factors
    • give some examples of environmental factors that affect our phenotypes.

    Download the Word file (see link below) for:

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

    Useful link

    Visit the Learn Genetics website to go on an animated tour covering DNA, genes, chromosomes, proteins, heredity and traits.

      Published 10 June 2011, Updated 4 July 2018 Referencing Hub articles