Genetics Webquest

General Genetics

Click on Getting Started
1. What is Genetics?
2. What are Genes made of?

Click on Operations of DNA
3. If DNA were straight it would be _________________________________________.
4. DNA’s shape is called a ________________ _________________.
5. DNA is made of__________________________________.

Click on Operations of Chromosomes
6. DNA coils up to form a __________________.
7. How many chromosomes does a mosquito have?
8. How many chromosomes does a cabbage plant have?
9. How many chromosomes does a human have?

Click on Current Science
10. Explain what is being experimented with cloning.
11. Click on The Quiz, take the quiz, in the name box type the letter A.

Watch the slide show.
12. The human body is made of ___________, which have a nucleus; inside the nucleus are
______________, which have the instructions _____________________________.
13. Write 2 more sentences about the slides.
Activity One


1. For this activity you will be assigned to a group of two.  One member of your group will be the web surfer, the other member   will be the recorder of information. 

2.  Once you have picked a role, you should begin to search the resources listed fro the answers to the questions below.  You should all work together during the entire process of this activity. 

3.  After answering the questions as a group you need to develop a one page paper about the important aspects of DNA and genetics.  You should base your paper on the questions below along with any other information you feel is important. 


What is DNA?
What are chromosomes?
What is a dominant trait?
What is a recessive trait?
When is a dominant trait found?
In humans how many chromosomes do we have?
Who is Gregor Mendel?
Why is he important to genetics?
Where do the physical traits we inherit come from?
What is a gene?
What is a cell?
How do genetic disorders occur?

Resources: Then type in: Define genetics


After answering the questions and writing the one page paper about the information you have learned from answering the questions you will have a greater understanding of genetics.  This will allow you to understand the other activities you will take part in. 

Special thanks to Joel Jacobs, Derrick Netten and Jody Rees for their excellent web quest which we borrowed and to Randolph County Schools whose web quest we borrowed.