How do more complex patterns of inheritance work? Why do some traits have a wide range of phenotypes while others do not?
Using two dice, students model random selection of multiple alleles for multiple genes, uncovering more complex inheritance patterns beyond Mendelian traits. Each die represents a gene and each side of the die represent a possible allele that can be inherited. These two genes code for the trait known as the Sum.
Students roll dice, record the "genotype" and "phenotype" outcomes, and analyze the results to determine patterns of inheritance involving multiple genes with multiple alleles.
Teacher guide and answer key included.
Can be used in conjunction with my other Genetics activities -
Mendel's Work Webquest,
Traits and Probability, and
Can You Roll Your Tongue?.
Please provide a review with feedback. I'm always looking for ways to improve activities.