Your students will be fully engaged and learning when they play this Viking themed genetics and heredity based board game! Students collect sea monster genotypes as they go around the game board. When all genotypes are collected students then interpret the genotypes and color and label a sea monster with the correct phenotypes.
Perfect wrap up or review to accompany any genetics and heredity unit. I use this as a mid-unit reinforcement activity. This game is exciting for students, and covers important academic topics (heredity, genetics, alleles, phenotypes, and genotypes).
Addresses many common core and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Includes everything you need to make sure your students are pros when it comes to genetics and heredity! Only a few simple materials required (tape, glue, crayons or colored pencils, and one die). Bundle includes: a detailed description (with photos) of how to assemble the game board, game pieces, and knowledge cards, examples of how I’ve implemented this lesson successfully in my classroom, two accompanying worksheets perfect for interactive notebooks, and numerous links to videos that reinforce the concepts covered in this game.
Lesson was created for upper elementary and middle school students and enriches the concepts of genetics and heredity while reinforcing many English language arts common core standards (such as: “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”).
Approximately one to three class periods in length (as a point of reference, I teach a 50-minute class). Created by Mister Science
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Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) addressed in this lesson:
MS-LS3-2, MS-LS3.A, and MS-LS3.B
Develop and use a model to describe why sexual reproduction results in offspring with genetic variation. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on using models such as Punnett squares, diagrams, and simulations to describe the cause and effect relationship of gene transmission from parent(s) to offspring and resulting genetic variation.
These standards are covered when students gather genotypes and determine which phenotype will be expressed in their sea monster. Lab conclusion worksheet has students complete a Punnett square and answer a high level thinking question regarding the phenotypes of an offspring and if those phenotypes are possible with the given genotypes. Students also complete a diagram of a sea monster by adding the phenotypes that are expressed based on the genotypes.
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