Color Your Own Karyotype Digital Lesson Update

It’s now digital!

For several years now, my Color Your Own Karyotype lesson has been loved and utilized by thousands of teachers and students all over the globe to really clarify the concept of Independent Assortment. It’s one of my first activities that I published and it’s truly one of my favorites.

Teachers have sent me pictures of their students’ karyotypes (sometimes called the Wall of Karyotypes!). Performing this activity is very often an eye-opening experience for students and it can help students really connect genetics and cell division together.

A Wall of Karyotypes!!
A student coloring his own karyotype!

But it’s 2020…

I know a lot of teachers are working harder than they have done before and engaging students while teaching virtually is the most difficult task. So this past week, I set out to transform the Color Your Own Karyotype Activity into a digital lesson that teachers can use to engage students with a little karyotype magic!

The activity is only slightly simplified (the digital activity uses only non replicated chromosomes to keep it a little simpler and smaller to fit on a screen) and it can be completed in EDIT mode in Google Slides! (If you don’t use Google apps, you can download it as a Powerpoint from your own Google Drive and share the powerpoint with your students instead.). In the activity, students will select chromosomes and use the Shape Fill button in Google Slides to color them in.

During the activity, they color in each grandparent’s karyotype with one color. Then the parents’ karyotypes will have two colors, indicating they received a chromosome from each of their parents. After that, students use coin flips to determine which chromosomes end up in their parents’ gametes, resulting in their own karyotype!

You can purchase this digital activity along with the printable PDF version here on my website or here on Teachers Pay Teachers. If you already purchased the activity before, you can go re-download it and you will get the latest version AND the new digital version!

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