Reflection: Checks for Understanding Furry Family - Section 3: Punnett Practice


Like my student expressed in the video, the Furry Family activity might appear childish and "lame". However, it builds on the concepts previously taught, and allows students the much needed practice towards mastery that they need in order to develop a deep understanding of the concepts. The game also offers the opportunity for immediate feedback, allowing students to clarify ideas as they move along.

In my lessons, I try to have students practice what they have learned is as many ways as possible in order to break the monotony of paper and pencil worksheets. The students often do not even realize that what they are doing is practicing, and once they get to the point where they start discussing the questions, they have become so used to the vocabulary and concepts that the conversation flows naturally.

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Furry Family

Unit 6: Genetics
Lesson 8 of 14

Objective: Students will practice the use of Punnet Squares to determine the probability of a trait appearing in an offspring.

Big Idea: A little game play reinforces concepts.

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