Gene and You / Gene's World
This exciting new introduction to the study of genetics is brought to us by the same authors as "Call Me Gene" and "My Name is Gene." Designed for older elementary and middle school students, younger elementary students may also find the information interesting and easy to comprehend. In this course, children are introduced to the genetic code and scientific advances. Beginning with an overview of the importance of the cell, children will learn about heredity including inherited versus acquired traits; meet the father of genetics, Gregor Mendell; and create a Punnett Square. In the final chapter, students learn the value of cloning in medicine, agriculture and forensic medicine. They explore the importance of genetic testing for complex diseases like sickle cell anemia as well as the role of genetics in creating vaccines. The first use of genetic testing in forensic medicine is also reviewed.
Both programs offer nearly identical instruction. The notable difference is "Gene and You" attributes the beauty and complexity of our genetic code to God, while "Gene's World" is a religiously-neutral version and provides the same scientific detail sans Scripture.
All inclusive in nature, these textbooks include readings, review and discussion questions, glossary, web links, and a variety of hands-on activities using common items. The review and discussion questions are easily answered based on textual reading; no answers are provided. At this grade, this is not an exhaustive study of genetics, but rather an engaging and understandable way to answer those commonly asked questions like "Why does dad have dimples?" or "How did you get bright red hair?" These excellent resources introduce children to complex science concepts in a way they will understand and enjoy!
At this time, the text is only available on CD-ROM in PDF format, which can be viewed on your computer or easily printed (about 48-50 pgs). ~Deanne