Additional Teaching Resources
The button below is a link to a virtual lab that reinforces Mendelian genetics. The lab includes all handouts students need to finish the lab. It introduces students to how genes are passed from parent to offspring, and also discusses how punnett squares can be used to explore how genes are inherited. There is also a background to Mendel's experiment and how he came to his conclusions. In addition, there are supplementary resources provided that can be used by students to further understand the material. Specific example and videos are provided for all types of student learning
Once the content and definitions are exposed to students during lesson 2: Inheritance, this activity can be used as a minds on activity before teaching the Lesson 3: monohybrid crosses. This is a simple activity that uses Popsicle sticks to demonstrate the pattern of inheritance of genes from parent to offspring. It also allows students to compare experimental to theoretical results as students have to construct punnett squares and compare it to the data they collected from flipping the Popsicle sticks. This activity is easy and can be used at any level.
The button below will take you to simple genetic problems students can practice after finishing lesson 2: Inheritance. It reviews concepts such as homozygous and heterozygous, key distinctions between genotype and phenotype, guided punnett square, and self constructed crosses. This takes students systematically through the process of monohybrid crosses.
This activity must not be done unless students are fully comfortable up to Lesson 3: monohybrid crosses. It is a great activity for students that are independent learners and do not need a lot of help. It uses Popsicle sticks to show hereditary. In also links Mendelian genetics with incomplete dominance which should be taught before giving students this activity. There are also lab questions that students can complete which can be used by the teacher as an assessment tool.
Bikini Bottom Genetics is a fun way for students to practice monohybrid and dihybrid crosses. After Lesson 3: monohybrid crosses and Lesson 4: dihybrid crosses is completed, these worksheet allow students to internalize the material in a simple way. Multiple opportunities are provided for students to play with the information learned.
This activity should be done after Lesson 4: dihybrid crosses. It allows students to predict the probable offspring for two-trait crosses. This activity will take students step by step on how to figure out the gametes of the parents and the offspring's for dihybrid crosses.