Reflection: High Quality Task Co-dominance and Multiple Alleles - Section 1: Warm-Up


I like warm-up questions that require students to connect concepts and ideas to derive the correct answer.  Often I will use a test-like question to help them practice the thinking required to answer higher-level questions like this one.  The aspect of the warm-up that makes this type of question particularly appealing is that it allows for open discussion as a group of why one answer choice is correct and another incorrect, which allows me to hear their thinking and, more importantly, it allows them to each other’s thoughts about why they answered a question the way that they did.

Activating students' thinking is another major benefit of the warm-up activity that I like. Over time, students become comfortable sharing their thoughts and it allows them to practice using their verbal skills.  This verbal practice allows  them to use the academic vocabulary related to the lesson.  It's not uncommon for a student to say, " you know that thing" but continued practice using vocabulary aloud helps them eliminate this tendency.

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Co-dominance and Multiple Alleles

Unit 2: Unit 3- Growth and Heredity
Lesson 14 of 16

Objective: Students will be able to use Punnett squares to predict the genotypic and phenotypic ratios of offspring when the traits are co-dominant or incomplete dominant.

Big Idea: Dominance is not always complete.

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