The Teosinte Hypothesis

Don't want to sound corny, but your class will be a-maize-d by an engaging activity! Explore the history of the modern corn plant through a video and Punnett squares. Junior genetics experts get hands-on experience with actual research data by relating genotype to phenotype and discussing the probability of teosinte traits.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the lesson with an accompanying video about the origins of corn
  • Plan additional time to discuss probability versus outcome and use data from the lesson as the basis
Classroom Considerations

  • Consider grouping students for the activity if they are unfamiliar with Punnett squares

  • The video is interesting and just the right length to deliver the information without losing engagement
  • Lesson is versatile and can be used for learners with different levels of genetics knowledge

  • None
Common Core