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Genetics, Mutations and Trait Advantages


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Do you need to teach genetics and heredity? Students will learn about genetics, heredity, mutations, and trait advantages. They will use a model to describe genetic mutations. They will learn about asexual and sexual reproduction and genetic variation. They will learn to use Punnett Squares to determine possible phenotypes in offspring. Students will love the Game on Random Traits with Monsters that is included. They will use Punnett Squares to determine phenotypes of offspring monsters and more!

This resource includes:

  • two informative slideshows
  • nonfiction text passages on genetics
  • interactive notebook flaps
  • lesson plans
  • labs
  • task cards
  • a game on mutation
  • response sheets
  • a multiple-choice assessment
  • answer keys


Teachers Love This Ressource!

Tina ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Extremely Satisfied

I just love the way the author really ties to the standard and has it so well planned out. The suggested schedule is great. No busy work here. This is a rich standards-based unit. Just what I have come to expect from this author. My students loved the monster activities.

Mrs Mays⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ Extremely Satisfied

What a fun way to show students how mutations are random. I also loved that it was hands-on and that the students could see the monster before and compare to the after monster easily seeing the mutations.

Aligned with these standards:

⭐NGSS MS-LS3-1 Develop and use a model to describe why structural changes to genes (mutations) located on chromosomes may affect proteins and may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects on the structure and function of the organism.

⭐NGSS MS LS3-2 Develop and use a model to describe why asexual reproduction results in offspring with identical genetic information and sexual reproduction result in offspring with genetic variation.

⭐Utah SEEd 7.4.1
Develop and use a model to explain the effect that different types of reproduction have on genetic variation, including asexual and sexual reproduction.
Utah SEED 7.4.3
Develop and use a model to describe why genetic mutations may result in harmful, beneficial, or neutral effects on the structure and function of the organism. Emphasize the conceptual idea that changes to traits can happen because of genetic mutations. Specific changes of genes at the molecular level, mechanisms for protein synthesis, and specific types of mutations will be introduced at the high school level.

If the whole unit is completed, I estimate it will take about 11 days.  A suggested schedule is included.