Why So Blue?

It turns out blue is not just for the Smurfs! Introduce young geneticists to the Fugate family, known throughout Kentucky for their unusual skin tone. A two-day lesson from K20 explores dominant and recessive traits through partner activities, research, and a pedigree study.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Introduce recessive gene inheritance by placing the activity at the midpoint of a genetics unit
  • Take the lesson further by learning more about the treatment used to get rid of the blues
Classroom Considerations

  • Make sure to print the pedigree chart clearly so pupils can follow it
Pros

  • The Fugate family's blue trait is a fantastic hook!
  • Activity gives students experience in working with pedigrees, a difficult but necessary skill
Cons

  • None
Common Core