Author:
Brenda Bush-Hanson
Subject:
Life Science, Biology
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment
Level:
High School
Tags:
Gallery Walk, Genetic Disease, Inheritable Disease, Research Project
License:
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Language:
English

Genetic Disorder Research/PowerPoint Slide Project

Genetic Disorder Research/PowerPoint Slide Project

Overview

Students will use effective research skills to find and select appropriate information to create a "poster" to inform others about a genetic disorder.  They will use their research to create a single PowerPoint slide to be used as a poster or fact sheet that presents information about the genetic disorder they select.  The slide will be graded on the information presented, neatness, and legibility.  Students will then share their research in a Gallery Walk to learn about the genetic disorders researched by their classmates.  As they read/listen to the information presented for each project, they will take notes and provide comments.

Overview

Standards: NGSS and Iowa Common Core

HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function - Discplinary Core Ideas

Systems of specialized cells within organisms help them perform the essential functions of life. (HS-LS1-1)

All cells contain genetic information in the form of DNA molecules. Genes are regions in the DNA that contain the instructions that code for the formation of proteins, which carry out most of the work of cells. (HS -LS1-1)

 

Objective: To use effective research skills to find and select appropriate information to create a “poster” to inform others about a genetic disorder. 

Objective: To use effective research skills to find and select appropriate information to create a “poster” to inform others about a genetic disorder. 

 

Genetic disorders are hereditary conditions caused by defective genes.  You and your partner will sign up to research a genetic disorder from the linked NIH Genetic Disorder List or you may find another disorder to research.  Your selection must be approved by the instructor.

You will use your research to create a single PowerPoint slide to be used as a poster or fact sheet that presents information about the genetic disorder you selected.  The slide will be graded on the information presented, neatness, and legibility. We will then share our research in a gallery walk so you can learn about the genetic disorders researched by your classmates.  As you read the information on their projects, you will take notes and provide comments.   

I made an example you can use when you are creating the slide.  It is in an attached document.

When you create the educational PowerPoint slide, use the attached checklist to ensure you have included all of the necessary/required information:

Rubric for Project

A rubric will be used to assess your Genetic Disorder Research and Poster/PowerPoint Slide Project.

Use the attached rubric to ensure you have included all of the necessary information in your project.

Gallery Walk

The Gallery Walk can be completed in a variety of ways.  You may choose to have one student stay by each project to explain the information.  Another option would be to have each group record a screencast presentation to accompany their project.  You could also provide the students with sticky notes to leave the "I like" and the "I wonder" comments on each project as they travel around the classroom.  These comments can be used during a whole-class concluding discussion.

Once the Gallery Walk is complete, it is recommended to end with a whole-class discussion.  

Examples of Gallery Walk Discussion Questions:

  1. Have students share the "I Like... I Wonder..." comments

  2. Which disorder is the most common?

  3. Which disorder is the least common?

  4. Which disorder was the most interesting? Why?

  5. Which disorder would be the "worst" to inherit? Why?

  6. Which "poster" was the most informative? Why?

 

We will then share our research in a gallery walk so you can learn about the genetic disorders researched by your classmates.  

As you read the information on their projects, you will take notes and provide comments.   

Use the attached document to record the information presented by your classmates. 

You will also observe and document details/information/diagrams that you like on each project, as well as questions you may have after looking at each project.