GLOBAL DOCTORS: DNA

Genetics and World Health for Grades 3-5 and 6-8

In this course, students and their global partners learn about genetics and epigenetics while discovering how environmental and social conditions around the world can influence those things for better or worse.

WORLD HEALTH
WORLD HEALTH

Explore the dynamics of health from country to country.

GENETICS
GENETICS

Learn about DNA - what it is, how it replicates, what it determines and how it can be manipulated.

GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP

Collaborate by video with aGlobal Partner Student to discover how environment and genetics interact.

Course Description

The human genome is like a very lengthy secret message waiting patiently to be deciphered! In this unique Level Up Village course, students explore the emerging field of genetics and how it can be applied to global health issues.

As in all Level Up Village courses, students will be partnered with a Global Partner Student in another country. Through the exchange of video messages, they’ll learn about each other's country and culture through the lens of global health while also sharing observations about how environmental and social factors change how genes are expressed, thus affecting the health of people worldwide.

As “global geneticists in training” students a deep dive into the mechanics of DNA and learn how and why some diseases are activated. By learning about the intersection between genetics and their local environment, students and their Global Partners will embark on a fascinating journey that will let them learn about each other while discussing how to create healthier, happier outcomes for their own lives.

In this course students explore whether the environment or DNA determines who we are as individuals and how we live our lives. Together with their Global Partner, students will learn about genetics and epigenetics while discovering how environmental and social conditions around the world can influence those things for better or worse. They will conduct a variety of experiments and participate in activities such as making Punnett squares, building molecular models and delving into case studies of genetic traits and mutations.

Teacher Feedback

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“Teachers in my village were immediately interested in running Level Up Village courses. They wanted to be trained and learn to help the students succeed because we were all on the same page: education helps individuals get out of poverty and promotes economic growth. Watching the students in my local schools learn about DNA, video game design, the chemistry of water and anatomy through their LUV courses is exciting because the students are having fun and are very engaged. Moreover, the teachers are, too.” (See the full story here.)

Taylor Chustz

Exponential Education in Ghana

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