We love to mess with genes in Biology class. You never know what you will create. See Flatoples .
This time around we created Lil’ Spuds. Oh yeah, we’re crazy.
I got all the information from Mr. McClung’s World. You can watch a great slide show of his students’ creations on his website and get all the information on how to create your own. I warn you, it can be scary. Be afraid.
I tried to print off the worksheets from Mr. McClung’s, but I wasn’t able to, so I made my own.
Spud Report Card – The student with list the genotype of the father and mother.
Spud Chromosome Chart – This is the list of genotypes and what they represent. The student will list the Lil’ Spud’s genotype here.
Spud Genes – This is a list of alleles used for this experiment. There is enough for six students. The students will pick from these to make the Lil’ Spud. I used dark red paper and wrote on the back what each allele was for. Ex. hair, mouth, legs, etc. I used the game cards at DonnaYoung.org.
First the students were to list the genotype for the mother and father spuds.
Once the Mother’s and Father’s genotypes were listed. The red cards were turned over. The student then picked one allele from the mother and father, for each phenotype (hair, eyes, mouth, etc.) to create their Lil’ Spud. This genotype was listed on the Spud Chromosome Chart.
Now comes the beginning of the fun part! Making Lil’ Spud. The students were to create their spud according to the characteristics they picked from the mother and father. They could not change anything, just as our parents could not change us. 🙂
Yes, there was some disappointments. That’s when I asked what characteristics did they have that their parents would like to change. It was a thoughtful question. Over all, their creations were fabulous. How could they not be? After all, they are in MY Biology class. 😀
Enjoy the family slide show! Then go make your own Lil’ Spud.