This unit is about how traits are passed from the parent organisms to their offspring, and that sometimes the offspring may possess variations of these traits that may help or hinder survival in a given environment. We will also learn about how environment and genetics can play a role in defining our traits.


The students will:
  • Use supporting evidence to show traits are transferred from a parent organism to it's offspring.
  • Describe how some characteristics could give a species a survival advantage in a particular environment.
  • Identify physical traits of a parent and it's offspring.
  • Compare various examples of offspring that do not resemble the parent organism, but grow to become similar to the parents.

Assignments to Complete

You are responsible for:
  • Participate in project and experiment activities.
  • Complete all assignments given during class and as homework.
  • On a discussion page, tell what you learned about matter.

Discussion assignment

  • Click on the Discussion Tab
  • Complete your assignment. Don't forget to type your name on the message.
  • Make a comment on another student's discussion topic.

Wiki Assignment

Click on the discussion tab. Use your Inventory of Traits-Survey (Yellow Worksheet) to help you interview a family member. Once you have collected your information, write a 3-5 sentence paragraph describing what you learned about a family member and how you are similar and different. Use your best writing skills. Have fun!


  • Introduction of Unit and First Activity: Monday
  • Rotate Second Activity: Tuesday
  • Rotate Third Activity: Thursday
  • Review Concept Activity: Monday
  • Review and Test: Tuesday

Vocabulary students should know

Behavior, environment, heredity, inherited, instincts, learned behaviors, life cycle, offspring, organism, parent organism, population, specialized structures, species, survival, trait, variations

Materials needed for this project

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