Educator Resources for Crazy Plant Shop
In the Crazy Plant Shop, students will learn about genes and inheritance by breeding and selling a wide variety of plants, from the Plain Jane Borinax to more zany species, such as the Catcus (cactus cat) and Bunnyon (onion bunny). Profits from successful sales are used to acquire new breeds and to expand the shop's customer base. Special order requests from mysterious customers will help students understand how genetic traits get passed from one generation to the next, including how dominant and recessive traits work. This game provides a clear, visual introduction to the concept of alleles and to the mathematical probabilities behind Punnett squares.
In this genetics lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades 6-12, students use BrainPOP resources to explore the genetic information that is contained in the chromosomes of each cell. Students will use an online interactive game to analyze changes in traits that can occur over several generations. Students will also determine the probabilities for genotype and phenotype and provide evidence of how biological evolution accounts for the diversity of species on Earth today. This lesson plan is aligned to Common Core State Standards. See more »