This heredity and genetics bundle contains a variety of assessments, simulations, reading passages, task cards, puzzles, activities, and vocabulary practice games to help you teach your genetics and heredity unit.
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Heredity Pre-assessment (Anticipation Guide) and Reflection
is a short pre-assessment to help you uncover misconceptions students may have before you start teaching about heredity and genetics. It includes a student reflection to use at the end of the unit prior to your final exam, to help you determine if there are still misconceptions that need to be addressed, and to help students see how much they’ve learned.
Genetics Vocabulary Domino Puzzle
is a set of 20 vocabulary words and definitions on “dominos”. Students match the vocabulary word on one domino with the definition of that word on another domino until they have correctly matched all the vocabulary words with their definitions. It’s a great FUN way to practice vocabulary repeatedly. There are many options for playing this domino game. Instructions are included in the set.
Heredity Wordsearch Puzzles and Jokes
is a set of three puzzles that start with fill-in-the-blank questions, with a word search to find the answers. The puzzles however, have a twist. Letters in the wordsearch puzzle that are left over after answers are found are used to spell an answer to a silly heredity joke.
Who Invented Punnett Squares?
is a seven page biography of Reginald Punnett. You can use it to supplement your instruction about Punnett Squares. It will help you address the need to teach students how to read informational text in science. It includes questions that can be used in a class discussion, or given as individual writing prompts during your heredity/genetics unit.
Punnett Squares Task Cards with Independent Reading
is a 10 page independent reading which will teach students how single-trait Punnett squares are made and used. (Perfect for the student who has been absent.) It uses the real traits of dogs rather than using less familiar or even imaginary creatures. Most of your students either have a dog themselves or know someone who does. So this resource makes a real life connection to genetics for your students. You’ll also receive guided practice problems, a student answer sheet, and an annotated answer key.
Gingerbread Genetics and Punnett Square Practice
is a GREAT authentic assessment of students’ understanding of dominant and recessive traits and of their ability to create Punnett Squares from the genotypes of parents. The task is to match the gingerbread kids with the gingerbread parents working backwards from phenotype to genotype using known dominant and recessive traits in gingerbread people to create Punnett Squares and reunite the family!
How To Read a Pedigree Chart
is an independent reading on pedigree charts (again, perfect for the student who has been absent), which explains the use of pedigrees, makes connections between Punnett squares and pedigree charts, and guides students to make inferences about dominant and recessive traits using pedigree charts. It comes with 20 task cards in two sets. One set is more basic and the other is more advanced. Each set uses a different pedigree chart, so that you can divide your class into small groups and give each group one of the charts with its own set of cards, or use both sets and both charts. You’ll receive a student answer sheet and a key to the task card answers. You’ll also receive a small card that each student can keep in an interactive notebook with a legend to the different shapes and lines in a pedigree chart. And as a bonus, you’ll receive a template for an envelope that students can cut, fold, and glue into their interactive notebook to hold their legend card. That envelope template could be used over and over for any card up to 3” x 5” (7.6cm x 12.7 cm) in size.
is the best genetics simulation I ever did with students, in nearly 30 years of teaching. I promise you that at the end of it, your students will have a whole new understanding about the staggering number of possible combinations of A, T, C, and G that exist in a strand of DNA. Every year, my students left class still arguing about math, and I had math teachers in my room asking me what in the world I had done to get students so interested in figuring out how to calculate the number of possible combinations. But at the same time, students had FUN using a randomly selected color code to draw a beetle. They’re astonished when no two beetles in their class look identical, even though everyone’s code was made from the same four colors. At the end of this simulation, your students will understand how it’s possible that every living thing is unique even though DNA has only four different nucleotides. The simulation can be divided over two days or completed in one 90 min. block period. You’ll receive everything you need, except scissors and glue. You won’t be disappointed.
This bundle will give you days and days of teaching resources - plus the time it would take you to create lessons for those days - for under $20.
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