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Genetics I for High School: Getting to know the DNA Molecule

An amazing look into our cells and how our genetic information contributes to life. Learn about Chromosomes, DNA & more!
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Last updated 8/2015
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 21 mins on-demand audio
  • 5 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What Will I Learn?
National Science Standards: LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits & LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
Understand cell theory and why it is important in the study of genetics.
Determine where genetic information is located in the cell.
Outline and explain the basic structure of the DNA molecule.
Understand how the small components of the DNA molecule fit together to contribute to its overall structure.
Relate the structure of the DNA molecule to its function.
Identify whereon the DNA molecule the genetic code is held.
Map the process of DNA replication.
Relate the study of genetics and the processes and function of the DNA molecule to our world.
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  • Students should have a basic understanding of genes (we have genes, they make us different, they determine how we look, act and feel.)

This courses is designed to help homeschool and unschooled students as well as traditional students with secondary science education. This course is also great for anyone interested in augmenting their knowledge in biology, specifically in genetics.

The class is a self-paced. The course is structured into 6 lessons. Students can take one lesson per week or the student can take as many lessons as he or she wants at any given time.

Included materials include:

  • Infographics (downloadable)
  • a workbook to guide you through the learning
  • Videos
  • Outside resources and links
  • Lab with tutorial (easy to do in your kitchen with items found in the home)
  • Genetics I interactive word wall and tutorial to be used in lesson activities.
  • Google + community support and interaction.
Who is the target audience?
  • 8-10 grade students
  • People who want to understand the basics of genetics.
  • Teachers who are looking for a way to teach genetics.
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Expand All 17 Lectures Collapse All 17 Lectures 01:36:33
Introduction to the Course
5 Lectures 19:51

Basic overview of the study of genetics.

Preview 03:26

Video: Understand the course and it's components.

Preview 09:07

Our course has a private G+ community. This video walks you through how to take advantage of that community as a student of Genetics I.

Preview 03:07

This is the workbook that will guide you through our Genetics I course.

Preview 6 pages

This is me, your teacher, going through the activities associated with the Genetics I Interactive Word Wall. It's an awesome resource and can be adapted for any content area.

Preview 04:11
Lesson 1 - Cell Theory
2 Lectures 09:49

Overview of cell theory and the parts of cell theory that are directly related to the study of genetics.

Cell Theory - The cell is AMAZING!

Activities to expand your learning in cell theory.


See if you mastered the basic concepts of cell theory.

Cell Theory
5 questions
Lesson 2 - The Nucleus
2 Lectures 05:24

In this lesson we take a look inside the nucleus and begin to understand the genetic information housed in the nucleus.

The Nucleus - The brain of the cell!

These are activities to expand your learning in regards to the nucleus and eukaryotic cells.

Lesson 2 Activities

The Nucleus
5 questions
Lesson 3 - The DNA Molecule
2 Lectures 35:54

DNA IS AMAZING! In this lesson we will break down all the parts and function of the DNA molecule and we will understand how these components work together on this remarkable molecule.


This is a podcast and a conversation about Rosalind Franklin, the woman who helped discover the DNA molecule. We take a walk back in time to understand the puzzles she and other scientists were determined to solve.

Who discovered the DNA molecule? The story of Rosalind Franklin.

5 questions
Lesson 4 - DNA Replication
2 Lectures 08:19

The amazing process of DNA replication keeps us alive. In this lesson we relate the structure of the DNA molecule to its function, and discover how that function regenerates DNA and other cells.

Preview 08:07

Word wall activities regarding DNA replication.

Lesson 4 Activities

DNA Replication
5 questions
Lesson 5 - DNA Extraction Lab
1 Lecture 08:44

Extract the DNA from a strawberry. Use simple items from your kitchen! Watch this video; it will walk you through the entire process. Also, be sure to write up your findings in the lab repot located in your workbook. The lab report is also located in this lesson's downloadable materials.

Strawberry Extraction Lab - Video
Lesson 6 - Real World Application
1 Lecture 00:56

What good is all this information if we can't relate it to our lives? Check out these current events, links and resources that will help you understand how genetics impacts our world.

Media and resources
Final Assessment
2 Lectures 00:27

Put all this information and learning together in this project-based assessment. And don't forget to have fun!

Final Assessment

Certificate of Completion (PDF Download)
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