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Lantern Moon: What is the role of genes in our body? Primary students do research!

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Overview

Primary School

Biology

Language Skills, Genetics

German, English

Why do people have different coloured eyes, hair or skin? Why do some people get ill less often than others?

Josef Penninger is a geneticist and research how genes work and which effects they have on our bodies. In this unit he presents fascinating questions and tasks for primary school students about genetics. The students for example monitor how the ‘biological clock’ of pets is determined by genes.

This unit is taken from the brochure "Latern Ears and Hot Ears". Science teachers from Austria, Germany and Italy worked out nine biographical texts for primary school students about contemporary scientists and engineers.

The texts tell how they started out in their professions and sometimes which curious experiences were linked to it. Each chapter includes fun and easy experiments and proposals for projects, such as making a rotating LED disc or a walnut candle.

Teaching Materials

Lantern Moon: What is the role of genes in our body? Primary students do research!

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Laternenmond: Welche Rolle spielen Gene bei Körperzellen? Grundschüler forschen!

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