This Soap Opera Genetics – Genetics to Resolve Family Arguments lesson plan also includes:
Did she cheat on her husband? Did the hospital switch the babies? Should they have children? As much as this sounds like the plot for a soap opera, all of these questions fit into a single lesson on genetics. Scholars read about three different family situations and apply their knowledge of Punnett squares to settle arguments.
- Ask for volunteers to share the differences in their siblings or surprising things about them versus their parents' phenotypes
- Extend the lesson to discuss the importance of blood matching in organ donations
- Relies on prior knowledge of dominant and recessive alleles, meiosis, fertilization, inheritance, and Punnett squares
- Offers interesting, real-life situations
- Encourages using higher order thinking skills