Genetic Mind Reader

National Human Genome Research Institute

National Institutes of Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Genetic Mind Reader Review Game


Genetic Mind Reader is a game that reviews some important concepts and terms relevant to the Human Genome Project and genetic research. The game is played like a mind reading session between two teams. The question is presented by a student saying, "I am thinking of a genetic concept..."


A game will be used to reinforce important genetic terms and concepts.


Middle school - High school


One class period

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to:


Cooperative learning


To reinforce genetic concepts and terms

Equipment and supplies:

Card stock or copy paper (Optional: overhead projector, transparency sheets)

Set up/preparation:

Download and print a copy of Genetic Mind Reader Game Cards . Print this on card stock, if possible. Cut the copy into game cards, keeping the concepts and answers separate. Download and print a copy of the answer key . Optional: make a transparency of the answer side of the game cards.

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Anticipatory Set:

Write some of the answers on the board or use the prepared transparencies. Ask students to spend 15 minutes working with a partner to define as many terms as they can. They may use their books or other resources. Explain that they will be playing a game using the terms and definitions.

Guided Practice:

Select one game card. Read what is on the card, prefacing it with "I am thinking of a genetic concept...". Ask the students to raise their hand if they know the term that is being defined. Call on students until the correct term is given or after three attempts give the correct answer to the students. Tell them that this is how they will be reviewing the concepts. Call on a student to summarize the rules; answer any questions there might be about the game.


Clean up:

Collect all of the game cards for future use.


Explain that these terms are important for understanding and further study of genetics. Ask each student to write down three concepts or terms that they learned in this lesson.


For higher-level classes, ask the students to make up the game cards using their notes, text or Internet resources. For a review of specific chapters, use the vocabulary reviews found at the end of the chapter for making game cards.


Ask students to list, in their notebooks, five concepts they have learned about genetics. Call on various students to share their list with the class. Answer questions and clarify as needed.

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Last Reviewed: March 9, 2012