Variation of Inherited Traits Science Games

In this series of games, your students will learn about how different organisms vary in how they look and function because they have different inherited information. Variation of Inherited Traits learning objective — based on NGSS and state standards — delivers improved student engagement and academic performance in your classroom, as demonstrated by research.

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Concepts Covered

A trait is a characteristic of an organism. Some examples of traits in plants and animals are size, color, texture, shape, and patterns. An instinctual response is a behavior that an animal does automatically without thinking about it. Instincts are behaviors that an organism inherits.

Reproduction occurs when an organism produces another organism. An organism that reproduces another organism is called a parent. An organism that is born from a parent is called an offspring. Plants and animals inherit genetic information from their parents. The genetic information that plants and animals inherit determines many of their traits.

Most plants and animals inherit half of their genetic information from one parent and a half from the other. Different organisms vary in how they look and function because they have inherited different mixtures of genetic information from their parents. There can be a variety of traits among a group of similar organisms. Offspring share many of the same traits with their parents. Siblings from the same parents share many of the same traits. There are patterns of similarities and differences in traits shared between offspring, their parents, and siblings.

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