These Genetics Mad Lib Task Cards come in digital and print formats and cover the basics of genetics and inheritance of traits. These are great to use for formative assessment/review during a unit or before a quiz. The questions draw from the Understand, Apply, Analyze, and Evaluate levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. The topics covered are: inherited and acquired traits, dominant and recessive alleles, hybrid and purebred, phenotype and genotype, Mendel’s pea plant experiment, homozygous and heterozygous, Punnett squares, incomplete dominance, co-dominance, polygenic inheritance, sex chromosomes and how gender is determined, the basic concept of meiosis to produce gametes, sex-linked traits, environmental affect on gene expression, and recognition of a pedigree and a karyotype.
Here's the 'Mad Lib' part: the questions are all multiple choice and each answer choice has a word (a noun, verb, adverb, or adjective) associated with it. The students answer each of the 28 questions and write down the answer letter and answer word that corresponds to their answer choice. Once they have completed all 28 Task Cards, they ask the teacher for the ‘Mad Lib’ text. For this set of Task Cards, the text is the lyrics to “(Nothing But) Flowers'” by the Talking Heads. (The students don’t realize that they are choosing lyrics from this song while they complete the Task Cards!). The students should add their answer words to the text to complete the assignment. If anyone gets any answers wrong, the song lyrics will reflect this! A great way to quickly review the answers is to actually play the song (Nothing But) Flowers and have the students listen for the words that they wrote down in their ‘Mad Lib’ text!
There are two versions of these Task Cards included in the download. One has four Task Cards per page that you can cut apart and tape around your classroom. The students would take their Answer Sheet around the room with them and complete the cards in any order. The other version is a Google Slides version, which makes these Digital Task Cards. I have provided the link to the Google Drive version. Students could complete the Task Cards individually or in partners on a device.
Blank cards are included in case you want to substitute a question of your own!
If you would like to try these Task Cards without the Mad Lib, check out my Genetics and Heredity Task Cards Digital or Print!
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