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Genetics and Evolution For Kids

Find ways to extract DNA in your kitchen to learn about the way living things evolve on the earth

Beginning Genetics
Advanced Genetics

Beginning Genetics

The Gene Scene
Some scientists are curious about basic questions of life: Where did it come from? Why is it so varied? Why do children look like their parents? To answer these questions, they study a type of biology called GENetics (juh-net-icks). “Gen” means beginning.

Genetic ‘Experiments’ for 2nd-grade students
I’m guessing most 2nd graders will enjoy anything that lets them stick their tongues out in the name of education, so I’d try the tongue-rolling trait first.

Science 2 Discover
Here, you will be able to solve several problems related to genetics and medicine. For more on the human body, click here.

Advanced Genetics

A multimedia site from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. This site has lots of lectures and illustrated presentations available as movies online. For high school or older.

Genetics Science Learning Center
Using inexpensive and easily found materials, you can learn to extract and study DNA or even join a task force to develop a public policy for newborn genetic testing. The site includes directions for extracting DNA from any living thing.

Mendelian Genetics
The Biology Project will help you learn about the basic principles that govern Mendelian inheritance in plants and animals.


DNA Interactive
Many scientists, including more than ten Nobel Laureates, were interviewed for their viewpoints on how we came to understand he DNA language of life, how we began to bend it to our own service, and what it can tell us about who we are and how our lives may be in the future.

Fruitful DNA Extraction
Do you think you have very much in common with a kiwi fruit? Believe it or not, a kiwi’s genetic material is very similar to your own! See and touch the genetic material that you’ll extract from the cells of a kiwi fruit.

How to Extract DNA from Anything Living
DNA! You mean I can see it? How? Just follow these 3 easy steps.


Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation

Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation
by Bill Nye
“Evolution is one of the most powerful and important ideas ever developed in the history of science. Every question it raises leads to new answers, new discoveries, and new smarter questions. The science of evolution is as expansive as nature itself. It is also the most meaningful creation story that humans have ever found.”–Bill Nye

Change – Great Transformations
What underlies the incredible diversity of life on Earth? How have complex life forms evolved? The journey from water to land, the return of land mammals to the sea, and the emergence of humans all suggest that creatures past and present are members of a single tree of life.

Communicating about evolution: the danger of shortcuts
A wide variety of evolution misconceptions have been documented in the science education research literature at all levels from elementary students through college students, museum visitors, and the general public. By Jean Flanagan. Sci-Ed.

A course for older students on the life, observations, and theories of Charles Darwin. Includes guides for educators to help explore the exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History.

Darwin’s Dangerous Idea
Why does Charles Darwin’s “dangerous idea” matter more today than ever, and how does it explain the past and predict the future of life on Earth? The first show interweaves the drama of Darwin’s life with current documentary sequences, introducing key concepts of evolution. Flash required in some sections.

Evolution App
iTunes. Genetics and Evolution solves four types of basic problems commonly taught in introductory genetics courses in high schools and colleges. This app was originally designed for the Duke University (and Coursera) Introduction to Genetics and Evolution course.

Evolution: Education and Outreach
Addresses the question of why we should care about evolution by exploring the practical applications of evolutionary principles in daily life and the impact of evolutionary theory on culture and society throughout history.

Extinct – Plant Survival Game
This game can support pupils to explore the strategies wild and domestic plants employ in the struggle for life. It was developed by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council.

Little Changes

Little Changes
by Tiffany Taylor, James Munro (Illustrator)
Meet the Rinkidinks… they live together in one large happy family, carefree and untroubled by the rest of the world. Until one day a natural disaster strikes which splits the group into two and leaves them each facing different challenges. It was a day that proved to have profound consequences for their future… Teach your children about the wonders of evolution with this fun story, and get them asking questions about the world they live in.
Great Evolution Books for kids age 10 and up.

NOVA – Evolution TV Series
Watch and get additional information as you learn about evolution through these videos.

Science and Creationism
A view from the National Academy of Sciences. Scientists seek to relate one natural phenomenon to another and to recognize the causes and effects of phenomena. Advanced.

Teaching Genetics with Dragons
Free middle school and high school games lasting a couple of days to 4 weeks. Geniverse is free, web-based software for high school biology that engages students in exploring heredity and genetics by breeding and studying virtual dragons. Interactive models, powered by real genes, enable students to do simulated experiments, generate realistic and meaningful genetic data and win star ratings for efficient experimentation. Geniverse is free, web-based software for high school biology that engages students in exploring heredity and genetics by breeding and studying virtual dragons. Interactive models, powered by real genes, enable students to do simulated experiments, generate realistic and meaningful genetic data and win star ratings for efficient experimentation. Dragons have landed in Whyville where millions of kids are learning about science.

Tree of Life
An interactive history of life. Includes an excellent video showing the evolution of various creatures and plants. Investigate your favorite animal’s evolution, for example, horses, dogs, or cats. Here’s how to use the site. Young children may need help.

Treehouses in the Tree of Life
Pages designed for kids, teachers, and the young at heart. The information found on tree houses compliments the scientific core content presented on Tree of Life branch and leaf pages.


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