Reinforcement: Genetics

This exercise was created for an intro bio class though it would also be appropriate for other levels or students who struggle with basic vocabulary. The word list includes terms such as: phenotype, genotype, heterozygous, dominant, and recessive.

Also included on the list are several genetic disorders like hemophilia and sickle cell. The worksheet was created as part of an NGSS aligned biology class that is a semester long. Most of the sections are phenomenon based, with the Mendelian genetics unit centered around sickle cell disease and how it is inherited.

I usually do these worksheets in class as part of a review, students are given a chance to answer the questions on their own (5-10 minutes) and then we write the answers on the board. I will usually pick a student to go write the answers with the worksheet projected on the white board. Students love to write on the board!

Sample Pedigree

Time Required: 15-20 minutes
Grade Level: 7-12