Heredity and Trait Terms Worksheets
Heredity and Trait Terms()

Heredity and Trait Terms

This is an awesome resource for your students to have as a reference when learning about heredity and traits. Put it in their book or duotang so they will have quick access to it during science class.


Traits:-distinguishing characteristics

Physical traits-a distinguishing trait that you can usually see like color of flowers, shape of leaves, length of tails, texture of hair

Acquired/learned traits-a distinguishing trait that is acquired, ability to sing, play an instrument, perform tricks

Offspring-product of a reproductive process, young seedlings, young
trees, babies, children, baby animals

Inherit-a feature or distinguishing characteristics passed on to offspring

DNA-instructions in our cell that determine our genetics

Genes-determine which traits will be passed to the offspring

Chromosomes-part of the cell that contains our DNA/genetic material

Dominant-a trait can be inherited if only one parent has the gene, it is the stronger trait

Recessive-a trait inherited from both parents, to inherit this both parents must have the gene, it is the weaker trait

heredity—passing along traits from parents to children




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