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Summer SAVY 2016 (Session 2, Day 3) – Genetics I (Dr. Zeiger)

Posted by on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 in Grade 3, Grade 4, SAVY.

We are halfway through genetics and students are amazed at all they have learned.  We have been learning lots of science terminology including phenotype, genotype, probability and mitochondria!  Students also learned their original hypothesis about dominant traits was wrong as they are not always the ones we see the most.  Next, we used our Crazy Creatures and punnett squares to figure out the traits of our first generation offspring. 

The afternoon started out with students exploring environment and heredity. Using spoons, knives, chopsticks, and forks, the predators (students) tried to catch their prey (different beans).  We learned that some of the predators and prey had advantages in different environments.  Student went on to see how different traits could influence a crazy creature’s survival in an everchanging world.  Fortunately, despite many “catastrophic” events, our crazy creatures survived and adapted to new environments.  See you tomorrow when we explore mutations and visit a c elegans lab.  Wear comfortable shoes!

Have a great night!

Dr. Zeiger and Ms. Jordyn