Soap Opera Genetics – Genetics to Resolve Family Arguments

This minds-on discussion/worksheet activity contains four episodes that can be used to reinforce understanding of principles of genetics and the relevance of genetics to everyday life. Each episode focuses on important genetics concepts, including Punnett squares, co-dominance, incomplete dominance, sex-linked inheritance, test cross, polygenic inheritance, and the interacting effects of genes and the environment on phenotypic characteristics. You can use all four episodes or just the specific episodes that help students understand the specific topics you want to teach.

The first attached file has the Student Handout and the second attached file has the Teacher Notes.

 

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iwaldron's picture

2013 revision

In this 2013 revision, the Student Handout has been streamlined and the questions have been revised to focus on the learning goals and more actively engage students in understanding important genetic concepts. The Teacher Notes have been expanded to include increased background biology, suggestions for discussing the Student Handout questions, and a brief explanation of how this activity aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards.

iwaldron's picture

August 2012 revision

This revised version includes a new episode that focuses on the interacting effects of genes and environment on phenotypic characteristics, as well as improved questions in other episodes.

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