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Genetics and Heredity Lesson Plan

Learning Objective

Students will understand the fundamentals of genetics and heredity, including dominant and recessive traits, Punnett squares, and DNA structure. In addition, they will be able to create an animated gif using Brush Ninja to demonstrate their understanding of the topic.


  • Access to computers or tablets with internet access
  • Brush Ninja website
  • Paper and pencil for note-taking


  1. Introduction: Begin by having students brainstorm examples of traits that are passed down from parents to children (e.g. eye color, height). Write these on the board.
  2. Lecture: Provide a brief overview of genetics and heredity, including DNA structure, dominant and recessive traits, and Punnett squares.
  3. Demonstration: Show students how to use Brush Ninja by creating a simple animation together as a class.
  4. Activity: Have students work individually or in pairs to create an animated gif that demonstrates their understanding of genetics and heredity. Encourage them to include examples of dominant/recessive traits or Punnett squares in their animations.


Students’ understanding of genetics and heredity will be assessed through their ability to create an accurate animated gif using Brush Ninja that demonstrates key concepts related to this topic.


Advanced students can be challenged by researching specific genetic disorders with known causes such as sickle cell anemia or cystic fibrosis etc., then creating animations that explain these conditions further for others who may not know much about them yet!

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