Genetics in Harry Potter’s World Lesson 2

Can we find the phenotypes and genotypes of magical ability for the characters in Harry Potter? Of course, but first we need to understand incomplete or blended dominance, co-dominance, multiple alleles, and regulatory genes. This presentation offers guided practice in each of these concepts before solving for complex traits. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Print out worksheets so scholars can take notes and work along with the presentation
Classroom Considerations
  • Assumes knowledge of Harry Potter movies
  • Prior knowledge of basic Punnett squares is required
  • The third in a series of three presentations covering dominant and recessive traits
  • Applies genetics to a high interest topic
  • Topics are usually confusing to students, but this presentation makes them clear and understandable
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