This is an engaging genetics activity that incorporates the basic principles of phenotypes, genotypes, traits and alleles. In this interactive activity the students will become parents.
1. Get together with your "spouse" at your lab station.
2. Use the masking tape and a pen to label the beakers at your lab station as MALE and FEMALE.
3. Using table 1, determine your personal phenotype.
4. Using table 2, record your genotype.
5. Cut along the dashed lines to produce your alleles. Place your alleles into the appropriate beaker (MALE for male parent and FEMALE for female parent).
6. Shake the beakers to mix the alleles. Randomly draw alleles from the MALE beaker.
7. Using table 3, record the alleles drawn from the MALE beaker in appropriate column.
8. Repeat with the alleles from the FEMALE beaker.
9. Fill in the birth certificate and answer the questions.
My Grade 9-12 science students love this activity! I uploaded this file as a word document, so feel free to edit it to best suit the needs of your students.