Mendelian Genetics

How did Mendel know which pea plants would demonstrate certain characteristics? Pupils explore the answer this question, among others, as they complete Punnet squares, research dominant and recessive traits, and explore hereditary patterns. The lesson plan concludes with a discussion of how hereditary traits affect future breeding patterns in organisms.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have each individual research a breed of animal and its history, including dominant and recessive traits demonstrated through the years
  • Research additional Punnett squares and assign to the class for review 
Classroom Considerations

  • Prior to completion of this lesson, pupils should have completed the previous lesson in the series
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Pros

  • Information relates to issues encountered in today's modern world
  • Lesson allows for modification and differentiated learning
Cons

  • None
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