This worksheet, which will challenge students to solve genetics problems, pairs with my Cat Genetics Informational Page. Information about cat genetics, which is required in order to answer these questions, is provided there.
This worksheet contains six big questions, most of which with two parts (in order to navigate the students through higher-level thinking). It will have the students deal with general Mendelian genetics, as well as the non-Mendelian genetics. They will also have to figure out how several genes at a time might interplay into a single phenotype.
Not only does this question challenge the students to solve the genetics problems, it also challenges them to think about them. It uses a variety of inheritance problems to scaffold their understanding about how alleles pass from parent to offspring.
This worksheet also comes with a "mini-poster" activity on the last page. Mini-posters are an activity that students do individually on a piece of printer paper. They challenge students to explain a concept using clear wording and helpful diagrams. It also provides students a rubric, which they can read to better understand the expectations for this activity. In particular, this mini-poster activity has them explaining a cat characteristic that is both sex-linked and co-dominant.
Not including the mini-poster, this worksheet takes my Pre-AP students approximately 35 to 50 minutes, depending on the students. In my own classroom, I encouraged students to quickly read/skim through the informational page before starting.
This worksheet can be an excellent extension activity or reinforcement activity. It was made with Pre-AP students in mind. That being said, with some teacher assistance, any student can be successful.
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.
If you would like an answer key, you can send me a message and I can provide one.