Session Notes: Crazy Traits, Inquiry-based Genetics

Presented by CPO Science: Wendy Delano

MY NOTES ARE IN ALL CAPS

-Crazy Traits is a Kit developed by CPO Science. They only develop science materials…promote guided inquiry

-Fun and integrative manipulative…

-Content: traits are inherited, alleles, genotype, phenotype, environmental impact on traits

I’M IMMEDIATELY THINKING THIS IS A PAID VERSION OF REEBOPS…

Multiple coins labelled for different traits…flip for sex, and multiple alleles, etc…

Includes key for heterozygous, homozygous, codominant traits, etc.

Wooden pieces for each trait that can be snapped together to create organism.

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Can lead to lots of discussions about similarities, Punnett Squares, etc.

Secondary activity called Crazy Adaptations allows you to roll a die and determine environmental data for your creature. Then discuss the likelihood that each creature survives to reproductive age, etc.

With a game of adaptation Survivor, you begin to look at long term viability, extinction, can modify creatures to live in various environments, etc.

GREAT ACTIVITY…GOOD IDEAS TO ADD TO REEBOP ACTIVITIES.

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One Response

  1. Didn’t know about Reebops….I mean, I’ve done similar activities, but hadn’t seen that particular one. Thanks!

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