Lesson Plan: Epigenetics IQ
Estimated Lesson Duration:
Students test their knowledge and understanding of epigenetics by answering 18 true and false questions.
Big Understanding: The epigenome is a set of chemical switches and markers that influence gene expression. Diet, environmental stressors, physical activity, and exposure to toxins can activate these chemical switches that regulate gene expression without changing the underline genetic code. Epigenetics is the study of changes in gene activity that do not involve changes to the genetic code.
Key Concepts and Standards:
Key Concepts: Introduction the topic and brand new field of epigenetics
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Objectives: Students test their knowledge and understanding of epigenetics
Materials: Each student needs copies of Epigenentics IQ quiz (below)
Preparation: Can be used as a pre-assessment or post-assessment activity
Activities/Procedures: Have students answer the true and false questions and “What can change your epigenome?”
Activity Extension: Have each student chose 3 statements from “HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT EPIGENETICS?” the and explain why the statement is true using epigenetics
Downloadable Lesson and Supporting Materials
- Epigenetics IQ Quiz
- Student background sheet on epigenetics
- Teacher background sheet on epigenetics
- Epigenetics Glossary of Terms
- Online Resources
- Life choices resource sheet