It’s in the Genes: Integrating History and Science in the Classroom

On Thursday, 7th grade students took a trip to the American Freedom Museum for science class. In an effort to integrate history, science, and project-based learning, students used the Presidents and first ladies to learn how genes from a father and mother determine a child’s appearance. Students noted relatives in the presidency as well as ancestors of other world leaders. After tracing presidential genes and learning fun facts about the Presidents, students created a phenotype of the president as a child and also an offspring.

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