This differentiated activity is a great way to engage students in reading about and analyzing inherited and acquired traits. Instead of writing answers on a worksheet, they COLOR the correct answer on the giraffe color-by-number puzzle! This method of practice is far more engaging for students regardless of how old they are! High school teachers tell me all the time that their students love my color by number activities!
There are two versions included. They both use the same color by number picture.
One version requires students to read a simple explanation of acquired and inherited traits, then analyze examples in questions, choose the correct answer and color the corresponding section of the picture. It is written on a seventh grade reading level.
The other version is a more difficult reading on an approximate ninth grade reading level. It examines the history of our understanding of inherited and acquired traits including Lamarck’s proposal for how acquired traits could be inherited. It provides a brief introduction to epigenetics. Students answer questions based on the reading and color the section of the puzzle corresponding to the correct (true/false) answer to the question.
One of the best things about this kind of activity (aside from the increased student engagement) is that grading them is a snap! Errors made on the worksheet show up in the coloring of the picture. And because both of the differentiated versions use the same “answer sheet” (coloring page) your scoring/grading of the work is made easier than with most differentiated activities.
This activity is very low prep
. All you have to do is choose the version to use, print it and go! It is perfect for use with a substitute who has little background in science. Students can complete it independently and will be engaged and productive while they work. You could also use it as a differentiated homework assignment or even as a quiz if students aren’t allowed to refer to the reading page while they work.
I encourage you to take a look at the preview, which shows every single page of the resource and will help you make a good decision about the suitability of this resource for your students.
See all of my color-by-number activities HERE
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