Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), students will go beyond simple Dominant/Recessive traits and make predictions using a multiple allele trait (Clover leaf pattern). It is perfect for St. Patrick's Day, or whenever you need to take genetics a step further then Mendelian Genetics.
This lesson proceeds as follows:
1. Students read one page of background information
2. Students complete a matching task for genetics vocabulary
3. Students work through Punnett Squares involving clover leaf pattern (a multiple alleles trait)
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A. NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS HEREIN
DCI’s: LS3.A: Inheritance
Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns, Scale, Proportion, and Quantity,
Scientific and Engineering Practices:
Analyzing and Interpreting Data
Developing and Using Models
Using Mathematical and Computational Thinking
B. SUGGESTED USES
Prior Knowledge: Students should have a foundation in genetics, Mendelian Genetics, and Punnett squares before performing this activity.
Implementing the Lesson:
Materials and Setup: This packet requires no additional materials (other than green colored pencil). I suggest that students work in pencil, and that they use a green colored pencil or marker to draw the phenotypes.
Bonus: I've attached all the answers, and have included a link to an article that describes the genetic basis of four leaf clovers. Click the link below:
Link to four-leaf clover article: http://splice-bio.com/luck-or-dna-genetics-of-the-four-leaf-clover-and-the-search-for-the-elusive-lucky-gene/
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