Extract DNA from a Strawberry

Extract DNA from a Strawberry

Cells are the basic unit of life. Inside most cells, you’ll find DNA. This large molecule carries all the genetic information for a cell. Simply put, DNA holds the instruction manual for life. Each DNA molecule is a long, thin thread. See for yourself!
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How Are Humans Adapted?

How Are Humans Adapted?

From Stink Fights, Earwax, and Other Marvelous Mammal Adaptations

Humans are mammals, too. And we live in many different ecosystems on earth: deserts, tropical rain forests, Arctic regions, mountains, and grasslands.

Build a Working Arm Muscle

Build a Working Arm Muscle

From Inside the Human Body

How many times a day do you use your arm? In this activity, you’ll create a model of a working arm muscle to see how the muscles in your arm work together to help you bend your elbow and move your arm.

Choices and Consequences

Choices and Consequences

From Psychology

Risk-taking behavior can offer learning opportunities! And not all risk taking leads to bad outcomes. Taking risks can fall into six categories of risk, all affecting you in different ways. Take a look.

Plant a Mystery Greenhouse Garden

Plant a Mystery Greenhouse Garden

From Backyard Biology

What might be lurking in the soil? Find out by taking samples of soil from three different sites and seeing what grows!



Praise for Human Movement also by Carla Mooney

National Science Teachers Association Recommends
“A completely engaging narrative connecting cells, tissues, organs, and body systems to diverse fields beyond biology ranging from physics to energy transfer. The text is a unique combination of comic inserts, textual information, factual sidebars, vocab and inquiry labs, as well as QR codes linking the reader immediately to additional research information, games, and videos.”

Detailed Book Description

AVAILABLE APRIL 2020. Have you ever wondered why you look the way you do? The answer lies in your human genome, the code of life.

The Human Genome: Mapping the Blueprint of Human Life investigates the fascinating world of genetics and the human genome. Kids ages 12 to 15 learn the basics of how genes work, how DNA is structured, and how genetic inheritance happens.

Explore the discoveries scientists have made about the human genome and how these discoveries have helped us better understand and treat certain diseases, trace our human ancestry and migration, and compare our species to others. In addition, explore some of the ethical, legal, and social issues that arise from advances in genomic science. Hands-on STEM activities, text-to-world connections, essential questions, and links to online resources support deep learning.

Try these hands-on science projects!

  • Extract DNA from a strawberry
  • Use DNA sequencing to catch a thief
  • Cut with molecular scissors
  • Create a personalized medicine brochure
Available In:
Paperback, $17.95
Hardcover, $22.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8x10 size | 4-color | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Biology | Life Science



The Code of Life

Chapter 1
How Genes Work

Chapter 2
The Race to Map the Human Genome

Chapter 3
What Does the Human Genome Tell Us?

Chapter 4
Using the Human Genome to Improve Health

Chapter 5
Human Evolution: The Story of Us

Chapter 6
Our Genomic Future

Metric Conversions
Selected Bibliography