Activity: Gummy Bear Genetics

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Who's your Daddy ... and Mommy for that matter? Given a first-generation group of gummy bear offspring, young scientists must determine which bears are their parents. An activity activity covers the differences in genotypes and phenotypes as well as allows scholars to create a Punnett square.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Try this activity more than once — the first time with only Mendelian inheritance, the second with co-dominance, and the third as directed
  • Consider a mutated gummy bear for another challenge
Classroom Considerations

  • Prior knowledge of genetics and Punnett squares is required
  • Be aware of possible allergies
Pros

  • Most genetics lessons have you figure the child from the given parents; this gives the child and has you identify the parents
  • Easily extendable
  • Could be adapted to a flipped classroom
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS