Activities & Pages for Gregor Mendel The Friar Who Grew Peas +Giveaway (Ends 6/23)

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Activities for Father of Genetics- Gregor Mendel | Harrington Harmonies

 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

[tweetthis]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. Free Lesson Supplement.[/tweetthis]

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:

1. Law of segregation states that during the production of gametes the two copies of each hereditary factor segregate so that offspring acquire one factor from each parent.
2. Law of independent assortment states that the laws of chance which govern characteristics of the parental pairs will occur in each individual offspring.
3. Law of dominance states that one factor in a pair of traits dominates the other in inheritance unless both factors in the pair are recessive.
"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 | Harrington Hamronies
Today, we may take these ideas for granted, they are common knowledge. But we have Gregor Mendel and his discoveries to thank for it. And even though his work wasn’t recognized during his life time, today he is known as the Father of Genetics. When I think that a whole branch of science came to be because of this one man’s study, it’s very fitting that he once said:
“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

Activity Ideas and Free Notebook Pages from Harrington HarmoniesDownload Gregor Mendel  Notebooking Activity Pages

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.A look inside Gregor Mendel friar Who Gre Peas & ideas and activities!| Harrington Harmonies

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:

  • Traits
  • Dominant
  • Recessive
  • Genetics/ Genes
  • Pollination

We used the book Gregor Mendel Friar Who Grew Peas to learn about heredity and genetics. | Harrington HarmoniesDiscuss Heredity with a Punnett Square:

512px-Punnett_square_mendel_flowers.svgYou 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.

You can discuss how genetic traits are passed by using a Punnett Square. | Harrington Harmonies

 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.

Gregor mendel Notebook Page Preview | Harrington Hamronies

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.

Copywork Quote for gregor mendel- Father of Genetics | Harrington Harmonies


Grow Peas in Your Homeschool:Peas from my Homeschool garden | Harrington Harmonies

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.

One activity to go with a study on Gregor Mendel: Friar Who Grew Peas is to get hands on and grow some peas in your homeschool garden. | Harrington Harmonies

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.

Pea Garden Notebook Page Preview | Harrington Harmonies

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.Do a Pea Plant Flower Study | Harrington Harmonies

Study the Pollination and the Parts of a Flower

Lovely children's book. Gregor Mendel The Friair Who Gre Peas by Cheryl Bardoe. | Harrington Harmonies

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. Part of a Pea Flower Preview

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.Bok CHoy Stir Fry Recipe | Harrington Harmonies

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  1. says

    Stephanie, this book (and your notebooking pages) looks great! I’m bummed that I missed the giveaway. Oh well =) Thanks for sharing a great resource!

  2. Andrea says

    I love genetics and can’t wait to teach it! This book, because it is a living book, will be a great resource. Thanks for the opportunity to win :)

  3. Jessica Medina says

    I think teaching genetics is a bit daunting to me. I would enjoy using this book a lot I believe.

  4. Michelle says

    I love it when a good children’s book can teach even me! This looks like a beautiful book that I would love to share with my science excited children!

  5. Susan says

    This book study/unitblooks fantastic and presents genetics in an easy to understand way! It’s something I can use with both my children (6th grade and 4th grade) plus I will learns well!! Thank you for the opportunity to win this book! Blessings!

  6. Rachel B says

    I have always been interested in genetics, and I great admire Mendel. It would be great to win this book and share his story with our children.

  7. Lori says

    I will use this with my son for his Biology 101 course! It would be fabulous! I find the study of genetics fascinating. I used to be a public health nurse and shared my office with a geneticist. She shared so many interesting tidbits of info! Thank you for the chance to win!

  8. Tammi says

    This is a lovely book! Thank you for sharing all the information. I am looking forward to doing this with the children.

  9. Sheila C says

    I hadn’t really thought about teaching genetics at this age yet, but I like the idea of showing how genes affect us through using plants. We are trying to learn to be more aware if what food we put in our bodies and this would be a great addition to that.

  10. Nadya says

    What an interesting way to learn such a complex subject! And the notebooking pages are just wonderful. Thanks for sharing!

  11. Martha says

    I like using biographies of scientists along with our science curriculum because they add so much variety and information. Biographies provide an opportunity to dig deeper into the work of various scientists.

  12. Charissa Rice says

    This looks amazing! I would definitely use this as a unit study to supplement my kids’ science. They are visual/hands-on learners and this would be a wonderful tool for them!

  13. Debra Boyer says

    I’m always looking fur New curriculum ideas! Thanks you being getting such a wealth of knowledge for new homeschooling moms.

  14. says

    Oh my! I had a feeling your post would be awesome and I was not disappointed. I absolutely LOVE everything!! The beautiful illustrations in the book were carried through to your post with your graphics and the notebooking pages are perfect. I can’t wait to teach my kiddos about Mendel (it is on our plan for this fall). Thank you so much! :)

  15. April says

    Oh this looks great. We are growing 3 types of peas this year and I’d love to read this with our kiddos!

  16. Heather says

    So excited about this! I remember learning about genetics and it opening a world of questions! This book looks beautiful! We are going to study anatomy this year and it looks like a perfect way to help visualize how genes work. Thank you for sharing!

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