Pedigree Practice- The Blue People Pedigree Activity

Biology Roots
Grade Levels
9th - 11th, Homeschool
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12 pages + 12 slides
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Biology Roots


This is an activity designed to be a final in-class assessment for pedigrees. Students should already be familiar with pedigrees before doing this in class.

A 5.5 page activity titled "The Blue People of Troublesome Creek" focuses on the "Blue Fugates" of Kentucky. This family suffered from a rare genetic disorder known as methemoglobinemia. This is really fascinating and my students LOVE hearing about this. They can hardly believe it's real. It goes into detail about the history of the Fugates, as well as methemoglobinemia itself. Students must answer analysis questions (7) about the information provided.

Students then construct a pedigree (partial pedigree) of the Fugate family and must answer questions and do Punnett squares as part of the analysis. There are a total of 16 analysis questions for this packet, including one bonus question.

Lastly there is a short, fun, 12 slide PowerPoint to wrap things up! Complete with plenty of visuals.

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Recommended for high school (or advanced 7th + 8th grade students).

This product IS part of the Pedigree Mini Unit, found here: Pedigree Activity Pack (mini unit)

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12 pages + 12 slides
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Apply concepts of statistics and probability to explain the variation and distribution of expressed traits in a population. Emphasis is on the use of mathematics to describe the probability of traits as it relates to genetic and environmental factors in the expression of traits. Assessment does not include Hardy-Weinberg calculations.


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