My goal at Little Sci-Fi Labs is to create engaging, hands-on science lessons inspired by children’s literature. This lesson plan and included activity were inspired by the nursery rhyme, The Three Little Kittens, illustrated by Paul Galdone. Paul Galdone’s illustrations make this a fun re-telling, and he captures perfectly one of nature’s most interesting phenomena: heredity. I love the way Galdone depicts the mother cat and her kittens because it perfectly illustrates how offspring can look similar to their parents, but not exactly like them.
In this lesson, students will make observations of different parents and offspring. They will look for differences and similarities between the parents and offspring of both plants and animals. Your students will record their observations and look for patterns in heredity.
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These activities and lesson are aligned to the NGSS Performance Expectation: 1-LS3-1. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.
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