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  • Genome: all of the genetic information of an organism (living thing)... more

Game to Teach Kids Genetics

Build monsters from thousands of different genomes.Monster Manual is a fun way to introduce the fundamentals of genetics to a wide range of grade levels. The interactive game lets students build monsters while learning how information is packaged in complex codes that help to build and maintain living organisms. The center of the fun is a monster maker that students use to decode and build monsters. There are literally thousands of monster genomes that students can decode so there is little chance of students building the same monster.

Introduction Materials For Teachers

Monster Manual includes two stories you can use to introduce the basic concepts of genetics. A Monster Story is perfect for younger students. How to Build a Monster is for middle school and older students.

If you are having difficulty making Monster Genome Sheets, be sure you have the most current Adobe Flash player and have enabled the plug-in to play in your browser since many browsers are turning off Flash as a default.

PrinterMonster Genome Sheets

For classrooms that do not have access to computers and the online Monster Builder, we have created a Monster Genome Generator. You can use this to build a set of Monster Genome worksheets. There are a total of 147,536 different monster combinations that are randomly created with this paper worksheet tool. It also creates the answer key for each worksheet.

Make monster genome worksheetsCreate Monster Genome Sheets

See an Example Monster Genome Worksheet (PDF)

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Monster Manual also provides an opportunity to implement mathematics while learning some basic concepts of genetics.

Monster icon Build a Monster

 

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monster and chart

Monster Manual also provides an opportunity to implement mathematics while learning some basic concepts of genetics.

Monster icon Build a Monster

 

Download story as PDF
or
Get MagCloud version for print or iPad

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.