Pedigree Project & Genetic Counseling: Authentic Assessment

Pedigree Project & Genetic Counseling: Authentic Assessment
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This is my MOST FAVORITE PROJECT of ALL TIME!!! I have used it for nine years and have really fine-tuned it over time. I use this with my 9th and 10th graders in Gen Bio.

I count it as the test for my genetics and heredity unit. Students will choose a genetic condition to research (each person will have a unique one), and then they have to create three things based on that condition: an information/summary sheet about the condition, a family tree/pedigree that traces the condition through a hypothetical family, and a genetic counseling sheet in which they provide advice about having children (or not) based on the pedigree they created.

This activity is a great way to have students…
1) apply their knowledge about genetics and heredity in a relevant, real-life manner.
2) really show you what they know—it’s an authentic assessment that goes beyond the level of a “spit and forget” test.
3) think critically and have fun while doing it!

My students love this project, and remember it forever!!! Whenever my upper-level students see Bio students working on the project, they start reminiscing about it and always discuss how much fun it was!

Check out the preview for required prior knowledge, a suggested schedule, walkthrough videos, information about grading, and views of everything included in the zipped folder.

I hope you and your students have a blast with this project!!!
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