Dragon Genetics

This is a direct link to a dry lab activity that will demonstrate the processes of independent assortment and gene linkage. As a word document, the lab is totally editable. This is an updated version of the lab adapted from another group of teachers (link found below). You may want to start with the original version and then use this more in depth version of the lab as a follow-up activity. The original version allows students to draw their own dragon offspring using a tracing provided, which is a true crowd pleaser! http://www.cpet.ufl.edu/bestpractices/PDF/Life%20Science/Heredity%20and%...

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3001.5.3
Evaluate an argument, considering false premises, logical fallacies, and the quality of evidence presented.
CLE 3210.4.4
Compare different modes of inheritance: sex linkage, co-dominance, incomplete dominance, multiple alleles, and polygenic traits.
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Lesson Variations

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Helpful Hints


  • colored paper (2 each of orange, green, red, and yellow, and 1 each of blue and pink or purple)
  • print out the page of genes for each type of autosome and sex chromosome (given at the end of these instructions)
  • rubber cement or Elmer's glue
  • popsicle sticks (5 for each student in the class)