Genetics, Genetics, and More Genetics: Exploring Independent Assortment and Non-Mendelian Genetics

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Two individuals share 99.9 percent of their genetic codes, yet diversity is observed everywhere. Young scientists learn about diversity through hands-on activities and an experiment. They apply the concepts of independent assortment and non-Mendelian genetics while understanding the complexity of organisms.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use Play-Doh®, marshmallows, Mr. Potato Head® parts, and/or pipe cleaners to build new and unique Reebops to sequence
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of Mendelian genetics, Punnett squares, meiosis, independent assortment, crossing over, and homologous pairs
  • Follow all safety rules when handling blood
Pros

  • Includes a high level of student engagement throughout the lesson
  • Offers alternative plans for those that can't handle blood
  • Follows a 5E format
Cons

  • None