Dragon Genetics

In this activity, students create imaginary creatures, referred to as “dragons,” to explore the relationship between genes and inherited traits. Using dragons as a model, students learn how hereditary information is passed from one generation to the next and how the physical appearance of offspring is determined by the combinations of genes received from the parents. By the end of this activity, students will be able to demonstrate why two parents can produce offspring whose characteristics not only resemble those of the parents but also demonstrate individual variation.

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Disciplinary Core Idea:
LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

Performance Expectation(s):
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.
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.

Activities in the module:
LSMS51YS216-Dragon Offspring
LSMS51YS217-Second Generation Dragon
LSMS51YS218-Mutation

American NGSS

Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 8

Subject

Science

Quantity

1 Pack, 25 – Class Pack, 100 – School Pack

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