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Alike but Not the Same

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Overview:
Students conduct a classwide inventory of human traits, construct histograms of the data they collect, and play a brief game that introduces students to major concepts related to human genetic variation and the notion of each individual's uniqueness.

Author/Source:
National Institutes of Health

Grade level:
9-12

Time:
50 minutes

Teaching tips:
This activity is an introduction to several activities within a module entitled Human Genetic Variation. We also recommend the second activity in this module: The Meaning of Genetic Variation. These activities focus on variation but could easily be extended to address variation's role in evolution.

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Scientists test their ideas using multiple lines of evidence. (P6, NOS2)

  • There is variation within a population. (LS3.B)

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