Aloha! In this activity, students will discover the variety of offspring that can come from one set of heterozygous Kolo parents. Kolos are cute little creatures that are rumored to live behind Rainbow Falls on the Big Island of Hawaii. In fact, Kolo means “to creep or crawl” in Hawaiian. All Kolos are very happy, but they have a few characteristics that vary from one Kolo to the next. Students will simulate inheritance principles as they determine the traits of their own unique Kolo, and then they get to color, name and display their adorable Hawaiian critter.
Students will flip coins to determine 7 Kolo traits using a variety of inheritance patterns including Mendelian (straightforward dominant/recessive), codominance, and intermediate inheritance. There are also optional extension activities that allow you to take the learning to a higher level of fun.
It will be helpful if students are familiar with the following terms before attempting this activity:
• intermediate inheritance
The only materials needed for this activity are coins and colored pencils, crayons or markers. Have fun!
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