Variation of Traits due to Environmental Factors 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 Traits due to Environmental Factors 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. Differences in environmental factors can cause organisms that are related to end up looking or behaving differently. Environmental factors have a significant effect on the variety of traits that organisms can have.

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.

There can be a variety of traits among a group of similar organisms. The environment in which an organism lives can affect many of its inherited traits. Food, temperature, sunlight, and water are examples of environmental factors that can affect an organism’s traits. Many characteristics of plants and animals involve both inheritance and the environment. Learned experiences can change animal behavior and affect animal traits as they develop.

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