DNA Interactive

DNA Interactive (http://www.dnai.org/), in conjunction with DNA Learning Center, is an amazing resource with interactive activities for students: Timeline of discoveries in genes and molecular biology, how DNA and its structure provide the basis for genes and gene expression. The animations on DNA replication, transcription, and translation are SUPERB. I started using these when they came out on DVD. I’m so glad they have these animations available on YouTube now as well. Here’s the one on DNA Transcription.

Teachers can register for a free account with access to resources: teacher’s guide, student worksheets, answer sheets.

One warning: the site does not work on the iPads since it requires Flash to work.

National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

This is a great resource to find case studies for problem-based learning or for alternative assessments. I like giving students selected cases from this site as a teaching tool for my students.


Hemophilia: “The Royal Disease” is a great one to discuss sex-linked traits during the Genetics unit. My students are often intrigued by about hemophilia has affected the royal family.



PBS: Botany of Desire

The Botany of Desire is a book written by Michael Pollan. PBS has created a documentary based on the book to highlight how human have artificially selected for specific traits in plants for agriculture purposes.

There are interactive activities on the websites with lesson plans on the website. http://www.pbs.org/thebotanyofdesire/