This is a really fun and sweet (pun intended) lesson! The lesson would be a great way to introduce and/or assess students on the topic of genes. This lesson includes sweet edible items but can easily be substituted for something else. It would also be a great way for students to learn about genes on their own. Included in this product is science content on genes, references including books and videos, and step-by-step procedures on how to build the gene model with explanation for students.
S5L2. Students will recognize that offspring can resemble parents in inherited traits and learned behaviors.
a. Compare and contrast the characteristics of learned behaviors and of inherited traits.
b. Discuss what a gene is and the role genes play in the transfer of traits.