Sexual Reproduction and Genetic Variation Science Games

In this series of games, your students will learn how hereditary traits are passed down in the form of genes. The Sexual Reproduction and Genetic Variation learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.

Scroll down for a preview of this learning objective’s games and the concepts they drive home.

Concepts Covered

Asexual reproduction involves just one parent. As a result, the offspring it produces is genetically identical to the parent.

Sexual reproduction, on the other hand, requires two parents. Their reproductive cells go through the cell division process of meiosis, dividing into four parts called haploid gametes. Each gamete carries half of the parent cell’s genetic information, so when two parents’ gametes come together, they form a full set of chromosomes.

Humans have 46 chromosomes, existing in 23 pairs. The pairs are homologous, meaning the two chromosomes are similar in size, shape, and gene position.

Species that reproduce sexually have greater genetic variation. Chromosomes can carry different forms of a gene, called alleles, that can create different genetic combinations for that trait. These are called heterozygous chromosomes. If they carry the same alleles, they are homozygous chromosomes.

In total, there are ten games in this learning objective, including:

  • Descendant Ascent
  • Mendel and The Curse of the Mean Pea
  • Zoon’s Amazing Quest
  • Apparent Parent
  • Mutate And Multiply: A Love Story
  • Cell Seeker
  • Sexual Reproduction
  • Lab Rat Fly Frenzy
  • Gene Runner
  • Selection

A further preview of each game is below.

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Tags: reproduction, gametes, zygotes, variation, genetics, heredity, meiosis, mitosis, haploid, diploid, genotype, phenotype, allele, dominant, recessive, DNA, parent, offspring

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