Finding cures for children's genetic diseases


Downloadable Activities


Crack the Code
Crack the Code (PDF, 411 Kbytes)
Learn about the DNA code.

You and your students can unravel the mysteries of the DNA code: learn some basics about DNA and mutations.

The Basics
The Basics (PDF, 590 Kbytes)
Cells, DNA and genes

Learn the basics about biology - cells, DNA and genetic disease.

Make DNA in Your Kitchen
Make DNA in Your Kitchen (PDF, 473 Kbytes)
Even strawberries have DNA and you can see what it looks like like.

Learn how to extract strawberry DNA at home or in the classroom - with adult supervision!

Find A Word
Find A Word (PDF, 249 Kbytes)
Word puzzle

Students learn what's really in their genes. Great for English and science skills (grade 2+).

Genetic Traits
Genetic Traits (PDF, 15 Kbytes)
Brown eyes? Blue eyes? Tongue rolling?

Investigate the wonderfully varied genetic traits of you and your classmates to reveal more about what makes us who we are!

Teacher's Notes
Teacher's Notes (PDF, 64 Kbytes)
For use with the Genetic Traits Activity Card above

These teacher's notes will help with the genetic traits activity in your class and provides homework ideas.

Jeans Helix
Jeans Helix (PDF, 226 Kbytes)
Colouring In Fun

DNA shaped jeans to colour in and cut out. Decorate the classroom on Jeans for Genes Day!

The Mitosis Dance

Get students understanding the movement of the chromosomes and the changes that go on within the nucleus of a cell during mitosis.

Cell Division
Cell Division (PDF, 2.8 Mb)
Year 8 Science Activity

How cell division works in normal cells and abnormal cells.

Decoding DNA
Decoding DNA (PDF, 569 Kbytes)
DNA coding analogy activity for Yr 10-12 students with teacher notes

Teacher testimonial: ‘This lesson runs itself and is one of my top 5 that I do with students whenever I can fit it in, either in Year 10 genetics or Yr 12 biology. It never fails to engage students as they work both collaboratively and independently to identify the code and then apply it.’

Trivia Quiz
Trivia Quiz (PDF, 638 Kbytes)
Think you know it all? Let's find out.

Quiz students on their genetic know-how or as a lunchtime trivia game with prizes (grade 9+).

Quiz Answers
Quiz Answers (PDF, 647 Kbytes)
This version has the answers at the end.

For teachers and those who REALLY want to know.

Discovery Crossword
Discovery Crossword (PDF, 51 Kbytes)
If the quiz was too easy for you, try this...

Test students' problem-solving ability with these clever science clues (grade 9+).

Crossword Answers
Imagine You're  A Gene Therapist
Imagine You're A Gene Therapist (PDF, 1.04 Mbytes)
Find out what it feels like to be a world-leading scientist.

An interactive classroom activity to teach students about genes, genetic disease, inheritance, DNA technology and the challenges of cutting-edge medical science (including ethical issues).

Imagine You're A Gene Therapist - Notes
Imagine You're A Gene Therapist - Notes (PDF, 69 Kbytes)
Detailed teacher notes.

These notes will help you conduct this activity, which has been designed to address components of the NSW Stage 4/5 Science and HSC Biology syllabi.

Karyotyping (PDF, 301 Kbytes)
A hands-on paper activity to cut-out, sort and analyse human chromosomes and genetic disorders (grade 9+).

Birth defects and many diseases can be caused by chromosomal abnormalities. Karyotyping is one of many techniques that can detect these abnormalities, by looking at the number and structure of chromosomes.

Karyotyping - Teacher Notes
Karyotyping - Teacher Notes (PDF, 50 Kbytes)
These detailed teacher's notes explains how to conduct the karyotyping activity.

This activity has been designed to address components of the NSW Stage 4 and 5 Science and HSC Biology syllabi.