This is a super fun Punnet Square review game. Perfect for practicing Punnett Squares in your genetics unit! Students use strategy and their knowledge of Punnett Squares to gain the most points and win the game. NO PREP! Print and go!
The game board describes three traits of a fictional Alien species, the Doodles! Students work with these three Doodle traits:
- Blue skin (B) is dominant to red skin (b)
- Two eyes (T) are dominant to one eye (t)
- Green hair (G) is dominant to purple hair (g)
Punnett Square Review Game Includes:
- Game board with instructions on the side
- Game board Key
- Student score card
- Google Slide set with full visual instructions to quickly and easily show students how to play
- Teaching Guide
How to Play:
Two players take turns going back and forth, each connecting two dots with a line. If a player draws a line that completes a box, that player ‘captures’ the parental cross described inside the box. Students then work out the punnett square on their score sheet and tally up their points based on the four possible offspring in the punnett square. Points are noted on the game board!
Students quickly learn that some genetic crosses hold more points than others, which keeps them focused and interacting with content as they consider each move!
The activity reinforces key vocabulary: heterozygous, homozygous, hybrid and purebred. Also, students must know that if the phenotype is recessive, the genotype must be hoomozygous recessive!
I usually set a timer, rather than letting them finish out the board. This adds a bit of ‘hurry’ to the game, students are more focused on gaining points as quickly as they can. Sometimes I offer candy or some other incentive to the top score or top 5 scores in the room for each round.
Your students will ask to play again and again!
**Note – this resource is designed to be printed and used in the classroom. It is created using Google Slides, and can be played digitally by drawing lines on the slides, but it would be more cumbersome for some students.
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What some happy teachers are saying about the Punnet Square Review Game:
My group of very chatty 7th graders was totally engaged and begged for more of these types of activities. Thank you for such a great product. – Mariana G. March 9, 2022
A great resource for engaging students! – MacKenzie Q. July 25, 2022
Great activity. My students found it challenging, but that is what I was after. – Kelly C. September 20, 2021
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