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Fruit Fly Genetics Simulation—Super Value Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

In the Fruit Fly (Drosophila) Genetics Simulation Kit for biology and life science, investigate all of the key genetics concepts, including genotypes versus phenotypes, dominant versus recessive and more.

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Want to perform a fruit fly genetics lab without setting up and maintaining live Drosophila cultures? This kit is for you! Students use hands-on card activity to investigate all of the key genetics concepts, including genotypes versus phenotypes, dominant versus recessive traits and Punnett squares. Multiple generations of monohybrid, dihybrid, sex-linked and backcrosses can be simulated and analyzed. The results of each cross are clearly displayed using the detailed, colorful fruit fly genetics cards and genetic-cross sheets Students gain a concrete understanding of Drosophila’s genetic makeup and the principles of genetics. Reliable results are guaranteed—no contamination of cultures can occur here! Includes detailed teacher notes, extensive background material.

Super Value Kit is complete for five groups of six students playing at the same time. All items are reusable.


Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Analyzing and interpreting data
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
MS-LS3.B: Variation of Traits
HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
HS-LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits
HS-LS3.B: Variation of Traits
HS-LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Systems and system models
Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

HS-LS1-1. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how the structure of DNA determines the structure of proteins, which carry out the essential functions of life through systems of specialized cells.
HS-LS3-1. Ask questions to clarify relationships about the role of DNA and chromosomes in coding the instructions for characteristic traits passed from parents to offspring.
HS-LS3-2. Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors.
HS-LS3-3. Apply concepts of statistics and probability to explain the variation and distribution of expressed traits in a population.