Challenge students to apply their knowledge of Mendelian and non-Mendelian genetics to real genetics!
This worksheet will have the students considering how multiple genes can interact to produce a single phenotype. It will also prod them into thinking deeper about genetics, through the use of scaffolded questions. Additionally, the fourth page of this document contains the instructions for a mini-poster assignment.
What is a mini-poster?
In my own class, my students love creating mini-posters: using a single sheet of printer paper, they have to explain something clearly and creatively. In this case, they will have to explain a sex-linked, codominant trait via their mini-poster. Luckily, there is a detailed rubric they can refer to for assistance!
How long will the students take to complete this?
The first three pages of this worksheet takes my Pre-AP students approximately 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the student. The poster can typically be completed with decent success in 20 to 25 minutes, although most students will get invested and spend more time on it than that.
A perfect group work opportunity!
I strongly recommended that you have students discuss and work on this worksheet together. In my own classroom, I witness excellent conversations while the students work together on it. The questions are arranged in just the right way to lead to multiple "oh!" moments as the students work their way, together, through the worksheet.
This document pairs with my Cat Genetics Informational Page
, which contains information required for students to answer these questions.
**** Cat Genetic Challenges is also available through my Genetics with Cats Bundle! ****
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. Thank you for your support!