Heredity and Traits Discussion Worksheets
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Heredity and Traits Discussion

This printable is to make your life simpler. A long with your other resources you have gathered for this unit on heredity and traits this will be a great resource to get you started. Open up a discussion with your students on this topic by asking them the following questions.


Have you ever noticed a likeness between you and your parents?
Has anyone mentioned to you that you are ‘just like your mom’ or ‘ just like your dad’. What did they mean?
Are humans alike or different? Or both? Explain.
How are you like your mom and/or your dad?
Why do you think you are like one or both of your parents?
What do you think the statements means: ‘it’s in your genes’
Did you know that the coloring on butterfly wings and the shape of a bird’s beak are all things that are inherited? (heredity) These are characteristics that we call traits. Can you think of other characteristics? (hair color, eye color, hair texture, long or short tails on animals, fur vs hair on pets, shape of ears, eyes, color of skin. Some traits are inherited and some traits are learned. Can you name traits that are learned? (running fast, playing an instrument, skiing etc.) Remember,
inherited traits you are born with.
Have you noticed how puppies and kittens resemble their parents?
Can you think of other things in nature where the offspring has similar likenesses to parents?
When we inherit things like height, hair color, eye color, these physical characteristics are called traits, how many traits can you think of?
What traits can you identify for animals? Plants? Humans?
The various traits that animals have help them to survive in their environment. What animal traits can you think of that help them to survive in their environment?
Have you ever noticed a likeness between you and your parents?
Has anyone mentioned to you that you are ‘just like your mom’ or ‘ just like your dad’. What did they mean?
Are humans alike or different? Or both? Explain.
How are you like your mom and/or your dad?
Why do you think you are like one or both of your parents?
What do you think the statements means: ‘it’s in your genes’
Did you know that the coloring on butterfly wings and the shape of a bird’s beak are all things that are inherited? (heredity) These are characteristics that we call traits. Can you think of other characteristics? (hair color, eye color, hair texture, long or short tails on animals, fur vs hair on pets, shape of ears, eyes, color of skin. Some traits are inherited and some traits are learned. Can you name traits that are learned? (running fast, playing an instrument, skiing etc.) Remember,
inherited traits you are born with.
Have you noticed how puppies and kittens resemble their parents?
Can you think of other things in nature where the offspring has similar likenesses to parents?
When we inherit things like height, hair color, eye color, these physical characteristics are called traits, how many traits can you think of?
What traits can you identify for animals? Plants? Humans?
The various traits that animals have help them to survive in their environment. What animal traits can you think of that help them to survive in their environment?
What do we call it when we inherit eye color or hair color or when puppies inherit fur color? (heredity)
How can you describe heredity?
There are physical traits and there are acquired or learned traits. Let’s brainstorm a list of both.






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