3rd Grade Life Cycles Activities - Inheritance and Traits - Aligns to NGSS

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This third grade unit on inheritance and variations of traits aligns to NGSS* standards 3-LS1-1, 3-LS3-1, 3-LS3-2, 3-LS4-2. Students will learn about plant and animal life cycles and how they have similar stages, inherited traits of plants, animals, and people, plus how the environment can influence traits.

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It covers four topics:

  • Plant and Animal Life Cycles
  • Inherited Traits
  • Environmental Influences on Traits
  • Advantages for Survival

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. Examples of cause and effect relationships could be plants that have larger thorns than other plants may be less likely to be eaten by predators; and, animals that have better camouflage coloration than other animals may be more likely to survive and therefore more likely to leave offspring.
Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment. Examples of the environment affecting a trait could include normally tall plants grown with insufficient water are stunted; and, a pet dog that is given too much food and little exercise may become overweight.
Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms. Patterns are the similarities and differences in traits shared between offspring and their parents, or among siblings. Emphasis is on organisms other than humans. Assessment does not include genetic mechanisms of inheritance and prediction of traits. Assessment is limited to non-human examples.
Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death. Changes organisms go through during their life form a pattern. Assessment of plant life cycles is limited to those of flowering plants. Assessment does not include details of human reproduction.


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