Dragon Delivery

Consider the riddle of dragon genetics. Young scientists simulate being dragon parents and determining which traits their child will have. Then they learn of a new relative and must determine how they are related using probability and Punnett squares.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • If pupils are not confident solving Punnett squares, review this skill in detail before continuing with the lesson
  • Share short video clips of each of the dragons to help students focus on individual traits
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires prior knowledge of: genes, chromosomes, alleles, dominant, recessive, phenotype, genotype, Punnett squares, diploid, haploid, and gametes
Pros
  • Follows a 5E format
  • Incorporates popular culture and science
  • Provides a presentation rubric
Cons
  • None