Educator Resources for Genetics

Shopping for a new pair of genes? That’s not as easy as it sounds, since, as Tim and Moby explain in this BrainPOP gene movie, you’re born with your full set of genes for life! In the movie you’ll discover what a gene is and how it affects characteristics like hair color, eye color, height, and bone structure. You’ll learn how each cell in your body contains long strands of DNA called chromosomes, and how genes come into the picture. You’ll also discover how some genes are recessive and some are dominant, and why no two people (except identical twins) have the same genetic makeup. If you’ve ever wondered why you resemble your parents—or not—this is the movie for you!

Lesson Plans

Vocabulary Development Lesson Plan: Using a Word Map

Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12, K-3

DNA Lesson Plan: Produce a Newscast

Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12