Mendelian Genetics

Over the course of seven years, Gregor Mendel grew more than 28,000 pea plants. The large amount of data he collected led him to postulate the rules of genetics as we understand them today. Scholars learn about Mendel, genetics, and related vocabulary with a presentation and worksheet. They practice Punnett Squares for mono-hybrid, di-hybrid, and co-dominant crosses.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • As a long-term project, grow peas and track their genetic traits
  • Create additional practice problems using Punnett Squares
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of DNA, traits, and heredity
  • Highlights all vocabulary in red for easy identification
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