Monster Genetics Lab

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Harness young scientists' knowledge of genetics with an engaging science activity. Students start by flipping a coin to determine the genotypes and phenotypes of two parent monsters, before using Punnett squares to determine the different offspring they could produce.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Supplement this activity in to a middle or high school biology unit on genetics
  • Extend the activity by having students draw pictures of the monsters they have created
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider allowing students the choice of completing this activity individually or with a partner
  • Activity assumes students have a basic understanding of heredity and are familiar with the use of Punnett squares
Pros

  • Resource provides a clear procedure for students to follow
  • Activity created cross-curricular connections between science and math
  • Graphic organizers are provided to support students with completing the activity
Cons

  • None