Apologia Biology – Module 8 is now over. This was a fun module, but a tough one too. Due to the long Christmas break, our class met only one day before their exam.
I spent most of the 1.5 hours of class time lecturing. The Punnett square was explained and several examples were done on the board. If you look in the book extras, in the link given in the book, you’ll find extra websites that give Punnett squares problems, plus loads of other great information about genetics. I highly recommend using this resource.
After lecturing, I wanted the kids to do something fun. My project was going to have the students make Spudoodles. Since I did not have Spudoodle parts, I had the students make Flatoples.
What are Flatoples? Good question! Flatoples are what you get when you don’t have a Spudoodle body parts. That’s clear as mud!
Using wipe-off markers in various colors, I drew the brown body part on the board for the “baby”. Then each student was to pick a random trait from a bowl and draw what it was on the Flatople.
All went well, until they each had a trait they didn’t like and wanted to change it. Nope, no can do. You can not pick what you like and don’t like. What traits do you have that your parents would have traded for a better one? Hmmm…
I had the kids pair up to make these Flatoples. Yes, I messed up the instructions, but it was still fun. These two students were really funny together. I had to tell them several times that mothers do not like to have their babies called ugly. They also argued about what nose they wanted. One wanted the dominant pointed nose, the other wanted a recessive cute button nose. I wish I had that argument on video.
The students above were not saying their Flatople was ugly. They were calling the one below ugly.
This Flatople had some serious recessive hair color trait going on. The hair is Orange and Blue, Gator colors. 🙂
This next one was done by one person, because we only had five students that day. She got the dominant big mouth gene. I’m thinking big lips. No, she is thinking BIG SCREAMING MOUTH. I can’t blame this young lady for thinking the mouth should be screaming. She is the oldest of six girls! SIX GIRLS! Somewhere along the line the 50% chance of male and 50% of females, didn’t quite work in their family. The 100% beautiful gene did work in their family. 🙂
What are Flatoples? The words flat and people put together. I made this up because I was not prepared for the class. Procrastination, is that a trait? Is it recessive or dominant?