Epigenetics and Genetic Engineering - Worksheets and Webquests

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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  • Google Apps™
  • Webquests
11 pages
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This set of NO-PREP biotechnology lessons introduces students to several complicated and controversial issues involving genetic engineering. Through webquests and reading worksheets, students will learn about biotechnology in food, GMOs, genetic engineering, DNA fingerprinting, DNA phenotyping, forensics, epigenetics, and the use of CRISPR Cas9 technology.

What's included?

  • A teacher pacing guide with additional links for more information
  • 6 reading assignments with comprehension questions:
  1. Intro to Epigenetics
  2. Epigenetics in Space
  3. DNA Fingerprinting
  4. DNA Phenotyping in Forensics
  5. Intro to Genetic Engineering
  6. The Disappearing Banana (genetic monocultures)
  • 2 online exploration webquests
  1. Exploring Epigenetics
  2. Exploring CRISPR Cas9 technology

*For more details on each topic, please click on the PREVIEW button above.*

Updates for distance learning: The online webquests are provided in Google Slides versions for students to complete on their devices. The other pages are provided in individual PDFs so teachers can easily assign one or more files without including all pages.

How do I use these resources? The reading and online exploration assignments are perfect for:

  • Bell ringers
  • Homework assignments
  • Independent classwork
  • Early finishers
  • Sub plans
  • Winter break assignments

It's a perfect set of lessons to include at the end of a genetics unit or DNA unit.

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Total Pages
11 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors. Emphasis is on using data to support arguments for the way variation occurs. Assessment does not include the phases of meiosis or the biochemical mechanism of specific steps in the process.
Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins, which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells. Assessment does not include identification of specific cell or tissue types, whole body systems, specific protein structures and functions, or the biochemistry of protein synthesis.
Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring. Assessment does not include the phases of meiosis or the biochemical mechanism of specific steps in the process.


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