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Using Family History to Improve Your Health curriculum

This curriculum was developed by the Genetic Science Learning Center. It meets state and national high school biology and health education standards. By completing this module students will understand that the risk for developing common chronic diseases has both a hereditary and environmental component, and understand what it means to be “at risk” for developing these diseases.

Activities include:

Introduction to Heredity curriculum

  • Family Traits and Traditions - Students learn to differentiate between inherited and acquired traits as they play a make-a-match game with their families. Available in English and Spanish.

  • Handy Family Tree - Students learn about inherited and acquired traits as they involve family members in creating a handprint family tree. This art project is great for traditional and non-traditional families alike. Available in English and Spanish.

  • Family Traits Trivia - This family activity encourages students to observe the shared traits of family members, as well as the combination of traits that makes them unique. Available in English and Spanish.

  • And more...

"The family tree has
become the most
important genetic test
of all. The more you
know, the more tools
you have to practice preventive medicine."

Washington Post
February 26, 2002