Aliens have landed in your home town! Students noticed right away that said aliens reproduced by clapping hands, and teams of two wrote down observations about the next generations in their science journals.
Objective: Your challenge is to read the students' science journals, reorganize the information, and determine which traits are dominant and which traits are recessive! Be prepared to talk about specific aliens/examples and justify your reasoning!
Key words: dominant, recessive, trait, homozygous, heterozygous, genotype, phenotype
This activity was designed for an advanced class, or for use for differentiated instruction for students who needed a challenge. I gave students the opportunity to work in groups, and it was still challenging for some. This could also be used in a center.
Note: To make it more personal (and enhance engagement) I would change the name of your city, and change my name or student nicknames to those of your choosing.