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Spongebob Squarepants Genetics

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This is a fun idea to use as an assignment (or assessment) to see if students understand the concepts of Punnett squares, dominance, genotype, and phenotype.  It uses the television show Spongebob Squarepants as a basis to determine what offspring the characters will have. is a great resource for these kinds of creative activities!
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Technical Format: PDF
Date Added to MERLOT: September 04, 2009
Date Modified in MERLOT: November 09, 2012
Keywords: genetics, Punnett squares, genotype, Spongebob Squarepants, phenotype, dominance, recessive


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Avatar for Maria Fernandez
7 years ago

Maria Fernandez (Student)

I love the concept of this activity. Students are drawn into learning about DNA by having something fun that they can relate to, such as "Spongebob Squarepants".

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It would have been helpful if there was a teacher's guide, answer key, or even a set of key definitions for DNA terms.
Time spent reviewing site: 10-15 minutes

Avatar for Whitney Menefee
7 years ago

Whitney Menefee (Student)

Good resource. It incorporates something that most kids find familiar (Sponge Bob), with creative genetics questions that tests there general genetics skills. I found the questions understandable and well written for high school students.