Monster Genetics (Traits, heredity, punnett squares, dominant, recessive)

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  1. Introducing and reviewing genetics (dominant/recessive traits) in your classroom? This activity pack is perfect for upper elementary and middle school! This Create-A-Monster & Alien Lab is engaging and fun while focusing on genetics and heredity in the classroom.Each student plays "Rock, Paper,
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Introducing and reviewing genetics (dominant/recessive traits) in your classroom? This activity pack is perfect for upper elementary and middle school! This Create-A-Monster Lab is engaging and fun while focusing on genetics and heredity in the classroom.

Each student plays "Rock, Paper, Scissors" to determine which genes they inherit from their parents then their monster displays the dominant or recessive traits accordingly. My students thoroughly enjoyed this short lab to reinforce the vocabulary and skills covered earlier in the chapter.

The pack includes:

*updated instructions - 3/25/2020

*posters for dominant and recessive trait

*recording sheet for traits

*2 body types for your monster

*lab sheet to extend thinking

*Punnett square practice of traits from your monster

+ examples and samples of work to see what completed papers and directions should look like.

If you are covering genetics, heredity, genes, dominant and recessive traits this year then this activity is a MUST! It is great for any time of the year and creatively engages students in the learning process!

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NGSS1-LS3-1
Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents. Examples of patterns could include features plants or animals share. Examples of observations could include leaves from the same kind of plant are the same shape but can differ in size; and, a particular breed of dog looks like its parents but is not exactly the same. Assessment does not include inheritance or animals that undergo metamorphosis or hybrids.
NGSS3-LS3-1
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms. Patterns are the similarities and differences in traits shared between offspring and their parents, or among siblings. Emphasis is on organisms other than humans. Assessment does not include genetic mechanisms of inheritance and prediction of traits. Assessment is limited to non-human examples.
NGSS3-LS3-2
Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment. Examples of the environment affecting a trait could include normally tall plants grown with insufficient water are stunted; and, a pet dog that is given too much food and little exercise may become overweight.
NGSSMS-LS3-1
Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects to the structure and function of the organism. Emphasis is on conceptual understanding that changes in genetic material may result in making different proteins. Assessment does not include specific changes at the molecular level, mechanisms for protein synthesis, or specific types of mutations.
NGSSHS-LS3-3
Apply concepts of statistics and probability to explain the variation and distribution of expressed traits in a population. Emphasis is on the use of mathematics to describe the probability of traits as it relates to genetic and environmental factors in the expression of traits. Assessment does not include Hardy-Weinberg calculations.

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