Health Family Tree Lesson Plan
Engage students in learning about health family history and the connection between genetics and health. By completing this module students will:
- Understand basic information about common (and in some cases preventable) diseases, understand that the risk for developing these diseases has both a hereditary and environmental component, and understand what it means to be "at risk" for developing these diseases.
- Assess personal risk for developing common diseases by filling out the online Health Family Tree tool at home with their families.
- Construct a "Reduce your Risk" Promotional Campaign aimed at educating their peers.
Follow the suggested lesson plan below to work your way through this module.
|Pre-Activity Movie: Using Family History to Improve Your Health||Use this movie to spark discussion with students about what it means to be at risk, health family history and why it is important. The movie also acts as a teaser to excite student interest before doing the Risk Continuum and Pick The Risk activities.||6 mins.|
|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.||15 mins.|
|Using Family History to Improve Your Health Web Quest||Students explore the Using Family History to Improve Your Health module on the Genetic Science Learning Center website to complete a web quest.||50-80 mins.|
|Pick the Risk: The Polygenic Pedigree Challenge||Students track and record the passage of pom poms (representing genes) through generations of a family using a pedigree. Students learn that common chronic diseases (such as heart disease) run in families and are caused by the combined action of multiple genes.||30-45 mins.|
|Reduce Your Risk: A Promotional Campaign||Students design a promotional campaign targeting their peer group to educate them about how to reduce their risk of developing preventable diseases. Students submit a proposal form highlighting the key points and ideas for the campaign; creating a product from their proposed campaign is optional.||50 mins.|
|What's Your Family Health History Story?||Collect your family health history using this easy to follow guide and checklist. Arrange your family's health history into a pedigree chart. Student pages available in English and Spanish.||At-home assignment|