Gregor Mendel The Friar Who Grew Peas by Cheryl Bardoe is a must for your living books collection for science! Be sure that you enter for your chance to win this book. The giveaway (ends 6/23) is at the end of this post!
About Gregor Mendel The Friar Who Grew Peas
Gregor Mendel was an Augustinian monk born in the Czech Republic in 1822. He was the first to prove exactly how genes are passed down from parents to their children. This discovery is called Mendel’s Law and are as follows:
“May the might of destiny grant me
The supreme ecstasy of earthly joy,
The highest goal of earthly ecstasy,
That of seeing, when I arise from the tomb,
My art thriving peacefully
Among those who are to come after me.” ~ Gregor Mendel
Activities for Gregor Mendel Friar Who Grew Peas
If you decide to use this book for a lesson on genetics in your homeschool you must go to Cheryl Bardoe’s site and download her Teacher’s Guide to go with it. It’s extremely helpful and does all the work for you in terms of preparing a lesson for this lovely read.
We thoroughly enjoyed this lovely little book about the Father of Genetics. We hadn’t talked much about genes and heredity so it was a perfect introduction to it. We were able to discuss tons of new vocabulary such as:
- Genetics/ Genes
Discuss Heredity with a Punnett Square:
You can discuss how genetic traits are passed by using a Punnett Square. It makes it so easy for a child to see the possible outcomes with this easy diagram. Simply draw a square! Here’s an example (left) in which each parent has a dominant and recessive gene. Have your child try pairs in which both parents are BB, and bb and then also where one is Bb and the other BB or bb and see what the outcomes are.We made a simple punnett square in which we discussed the trait for eye color. B being Brown- the dominant trait and b being blue-the recessive trait. What Color Will My Babies Eyes Be could be used if you need some help getting started.
Gregory Mendel Notebook Page:
The first year Mendel tested his theories and hand pollinated 287 pea flowers. Can you imagine that? His experiments were based on tracking the outcomes of seven specific traits.
If you would like your child can use this notebook page to research and record or simply make notes while having the book read to him.
Practice Writing with a Copywork Quote for Gregor Mendel:
Have your child copy this lovely quote from Mendel’s youth. The language is very lovely and meaningful.
Grow Peas in Your Homeschool:
Over eight years Mendel grew nearly 28,000 pea plants! There is nothing like a hands on learning experience- your child can be like the Father of Genetics and grow peas himself. You may not be able to cross bread them but you can certainly learn all about growing things and pollination.
I got this book to read knowing we would be growing peas in our garden this year. The nice thing about peas is that although they grow best in cool weather they also do pretty well throughout the summer months. So you can plant them at any time!
Your child can use this page to record his pea’s progress as they grow.
You can get pages like this one for 20 Common Garden Plants! (Download Entire Set Here when you subscribe.)
As you grow your peas, check out these other plant science ideas: germination, pollination, parts of a flower, and the terms geotropism and phototropism and see if you can get your child to view examples while growing their peas.
Study the Pollination and the Parts of a Flower
Do a little Botany and teach your child about pollination and study the parts of a flower. You can use my notebook page below to label the parts of a pea flower.
Use Your Peas in a Recipe:
Obviously, the very best part of growing peas is eating them. My personal favorite are sugar snap peas because they do not need to be shelled and you can eat the pod. Plus, they are delicious. My son loves to pick them and eat them right out of the garden.
Try to come up with your own recipe or you can make my recipe for Bok Choy Stir Fry. You may substitute the snow peas for sugar snap in that recipe.
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