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Fruit Fly Genetics

Grade and Content Area: 8th Grade – Life Sciences


This experiment is part of the Interactive Science Lab which also contains the sugar and water solubility experiment and the redi experiment. In this experiment students step through the process of seeing fruit flies pass traits to their offspring.

Lesson Plan

Description of the Science Content of the Module: Students step through the process of seeing fruit flies pass on thier traits to offspring. It shows heredity, punnett squares, and reading data from graphs.

Game Play: Upon entering the lab the students must right click on a stool and select sit in order to sit down. After sitting you must left-click on the test tube holder on your desk in order to recieve a HUD. After you accept the HUD you must go into your inventory and right click on the HUD you recieved and select wear to attach it. You must then click The Sugar Water Solubilty experiment in order to start it even though the first step is a pretest. After this all directions for the experiment are included in the HUD.

Worksheet to use with lab (ppt)
Worksheet to use with lab (pdf)

Education Standards: Grade 8 – Life Sciences

  • Benchmark B Indicator 2

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0538588. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.