Students should be familiar with the following vocabulary prior to the lesson
Punnett square, genotype, heterozygous, homozygous, phenotype, carrier of a trait, dominant allele, recessive allele, genetics, heredity, traits, genes, chromosomes, monohybrid cross, dihybird, Gregor Mendel, incomplete dominance, sex-linked traits, Mendel's Law of Dominance, Law of Segregation, Law of Independent Assortment
Historical information on Gregor Mendel’s studies can be found in the website about “The Father of Genetics.”
The class may need to review the background information on Mendel’s laws and the use of Punnett squares provided in this “Genetics” PowerPoint.
Divide students into diverse cooperative learning groups of four. Cooperative learning groups should be blended with various ethnicities including both girls and boys. Higher achieving students should be combined with the lower achieving students.