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Lesson Plan: Inheritance: Comparing and Contrasting Traits Science

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to compare and contrast inherited traits and understand why siblings and offspring are not identical to their parents.

Objectives

Students will be able to

  • explain why siblings are not identical to their parents or each other,
  • compare and contrast traits between similar animals,
  • compare and contrast traits between parents and offspring,
  • compare and contrast traits between siblings,
  • match parents and offspring based on inherited traits,
  • explain why offspring become more different from their siblings as they grow up.

Prerequisites

Students should already be familiar with

  • inherited traits,
  • variation,
  • offspring.

Exclusions

Students will not cover

  • genes,
  • evolution,
  • natural selection,
  • species.

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