Soap Opera Genetics – Genetics to Resolve Family Arguments
This analysis and discussion activity contains four "soap opera" episodes that can be used to reinforce understanding of principles of genetics and the relevance of genetics to everyday life. Concepts covered include 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. Each section can be used separately or with other sections, depending on your teaching goals.
The first attached file has the Student Handout and the second attached file has the Teacher Notes. The Teacher Notes provide background information and instructional suggestions and explain how this activity is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.