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.
Pre-activity Movie - Use this movie to spark discussion about what it means to be at risk, health family history and why it is important.
Risk Continuum - A whole-class kinesthetic demonstration of what it means to be in a "risk group" for developing heart disease based on family history/genetics.
Pick the Risk: The Polygenic Pedigree Challenge - Students are challenged to track and record the passage of colored candies (representing genes) through generations of a family using a pedigree. Students learn that common diseases run in families and are caused by the combined action of multiple genes.
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.