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Making Marshmallow Babies

The concept of genetics can be confusing. This presentation will provide instructors with step- by-step instructions on how to use paper chromosomes, a chromosome key, and everyday materials (marshmallows, yarn, toothpicks, candy, and dried beans) to illustrate these concepts. Through this activity, students will learn that even though all students are starting with the same pairs of chromosomes, their “Marshmallow Babies" look different. It's a great way to introduce genetics before entering a GED class.


Presented by: Ramona Kunkel from the Maryland Department of Labor

This presentation is a part of the first Maryland Adult Education Virtual Training Institute.


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