A Recipe for Traits

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How does DNA code for genetic traits? Young scientists explore the concept of DNA and learn how patterns determine traits in the DNA in the seventh of the eight-part Introduction to Heredity unit. They randomly select DNA sequences for a variety of traits to create and draw a dog; they then compare their dogs to others in the class. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as an introduction to DNA and genetic sequences
  • Compare each group's DNA sequences with others to show how genes vary but are located in the same locations on DNA
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires some teacher preparation before the activity
Pros

  • Allows for creative expression
  • Great connection between DNA and genetics
Cons

  • None
Common Core