Apple Genetics: A Tasty Phenomena

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How are apples genetically different? Learners rely on their senses to observe differences between apple varieties. Then, they use genetic information about the apple varieties to determine genotypes and complete Punnett squares. With a PowerPoint presentation and video, scholars connect their learning with real-world applications.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils research other fruits and vegetables people developed through cross-breeding and present to the class
  • Allow class to bring in apples from home to compare to the ones provided and predict their genetic makeup
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires materials not typically found in many classrooms
Pros

  • Engaging activity allows pupils to use their observation skills
  • Uses a variety of instructional formats
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS