Your students are going to love this hands-on activity over genetics, heredity, and traits!! Perfect for upper elementary and middle school students! Fun activity to introduce or reinforce concepts! Perfect to use for open house presentation or class display of taught standards.
Instructions to start:
** Teacher reviews anchor chart terms and meanings with the class.
Part 1: Students flip 2 coins to determine traits inherited (one coin represents mom and one coin represents dad). They circle the capital letter, if it lands on heads. They circle the lower case letter, if it lands on tails. Then they write the genotype (Ex: TT, Tt, tt) and the phenotype (Ex: Tall or short). When they finish the recording sheet, the teacher checks their sheet and provides them with supplies to make their Tator Babies.
Part 2: Create the Tator Babies using supplies
Part 3: Students will use the anchor charts to help them fill out the "What We Learned" sheet.
- anchor charts for phenotype, genotype, dominant, recessive, chromosomes, and
- Traits recording sheet (Materials can all be edited to your specifications)
- "What We Learned" writing activity sheet for both individual or groups.
- Materials & Tricks page
- Example of finished product (p.2)
-Print recording sheet and What We Learned Sheet (one per student or one per
-Set up a material table with:
black, blue, red marker
yarn (white& purple- colors editable)
Crayola paint (orange& purple- colors editable)
Pipe Cleaners (yellow& green- colors editable)
2 different coins per individual or group
Gorilla Glue (optional)
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