Complex Inheritance Patterns Activity: QR Code Stations

Grade Levels
9th - 10th
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14 pages
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In this technology-based complex inheritance patterns activity, students will work independently to move around the classroom to learn about these exceptions to Mendel's laws. QR codes are incorporated in most stations to allow students to easily access the videos and articles onto their personal devices in order to then answer the questions. Links to all sources are included, in addition to the QR codes, for students who choose to work on a laptop. Topics covered include: incomplete dominance, codominance, polygenic traits, epistasis, blood type, and sex-linked genes. Editable station cards are included for you to customize for your classroom, if needed. This can function as a guided inquiry activity to introduce complex inheritance patterns after having covered the basics of Mendelian genetics and Punnett squares, or as a follow-up activity after discussing complex inheritance patterns in lecture.

*NOTE* Do not purchase if you have already purchased my Heredity Unit or my Biology Complete Curriculum Bundle because you already have this product!

How can I use this?

      • Real world application after teaching on complex inheritance patterns

      • Guided inquiry activity to introduce the phenomenon of more complex inheritance patterns

      • Follow-up to complex inheritance pattern notes or as an extension to lecture

      • Engaging and meaningful sub plan

Why should I use this product in my classroom?

I love lab stations as a way for students to productively use technology as well as work autonomously in the classroom. Students get out of their seats and have the opportunity to use their beloved technology in a meaningful way. I love these lab stations in particular due to their relevancy to students. Students love learning about heredity and most of their inheritance questions go beyond to scope of Mendel's laws of inheritance. This is a topic that nearly every student has an interest in, so they really enjoy learning more about it! These stations are relatable to their everyday lives, making it engaging and interesting for students.

What is included?

      • 2 pages of teacher implementation notes (PDF)

      • 3 pages of student handouts (PDF)

      • 3 page answer key (PDF)

      • 6 QR code lab stations, including an editable version (PDF and PPT)

How much class time will this take?

This activity takes two 50-minute class periods or one 90-minute class period.

What if I want more related to this?

This product is part of my Heredity Unit which is the fifth unit in my Biology Curriculum Full Year Bundle.

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Total Pages
14 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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