This worksheet hits many of the common core science standards for grades 6-10 (listed below). Students will need to find information in tables and graphics, analyze text, create tables (Punnett squares), make decisions, and more.
•Students will be able to differentiate between genotype and phenotype
•Students will be able to create a one-trait Punnett square for a given cross
•Students will be able to predict the phenotype of an F1 generation
This is a 3-page worksheet. Each page goes further into detail, so you might use only 1 or 2 pages. The worksheets focus on 4 traits in "Mus musculus:" fur color, ear shape, body length, and tail length. Students will analyze the genotype and phenotype of given mice and will make and use a variety of Punnett squares to solve problems. This worksheet would be a great addition to a classroom introduction to genetics or could be used as a challenging homework assignment.
Students will not be able to complete this worksheet without some background knowledge, which needs to be provided by a teacher or textbook prior to introducing the worksheet. All of the information that teachers and students will need to know is provided in the "Teacher Notes" section.
Common Core standards:
•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3 Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.3 Follow precisely a complex multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks, attending to special cases or exceptions defined in the text.
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grade-appropriate exts and topics.
•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.7 Integrate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text with a version of that information expressed visually (e.g., in a flowchart, diagram, model, graph, or table).
•CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.9-10.7 Translate quantitative or technical information expressed in words in a text into visual form (e.g., a table or chart) and translate information expressed visually or mathematically (e.g., in an equation) into words.