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Eighth graders differentiate learned and inherited behaviors. In this biology lesson, 8th graders research three learned and inherited behaviors of an animal they chose. They discuss why they classified these behaviors as such.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 9 short answer and essay questions about Inherit the WindStudents may check some of their answers online.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's Inherit the WindStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
Fifth graders list the traits they get from their parents and distinguish between inherited traits from acquired ones. They assess how to recognize influences that may affect body types and sizes and research on the internet heredity and environment.
Learners analyze genetic patterns. In this pedigree instructional activity, students determine dominant or recessive inheritance. They construct a human pedigree from genetic information.
Students explore genes and inheritance. After listening to a story describing a rare genetic disease, students discuss inheritance and how living things pass on traits to their children. In groups students, students decipher code problems, draw each problem, and predict what would happen if the codes were changed.
Learners examine inheritance of blood types.  In the chromosome lesson plan, students create a model of chromosome and predict the blood type of offspring.
In this literature worksheet, students respond to 5 short answer and essay questions about Inherit the WindStudents may also link to an online interactive quiz on the novel at the bottom of the page.
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 12 multiple choice questions about Inherit the WindStudents may submit their answers to be scored.
Students investigate the inheritance pattern of eye color in Nasonia wasps. In this genetics and inheritance lesson plan, students read about the life cycle of Nasonia wasps and hypothesize about the possibilities of eye color inherited in these wasps. Students cross dark-eyed males with red-eyed females by mating them in test tubes over night. In 14-15 days they observe the offspring for the eye color and analyze the data and write a conclusion.
Complex problems require complex solutions. After reading a news article about how the tradition of wife inheritance in many African countries has contributed to the spread of AIDS, class members participate in a Paideia seminar and consider possible solutions to the problem. Complete directions for the Paideia seminar, a seminar questions handout, and the Washington Post article are included. Well worth a preview.
Students are introduced to the basic principles of heredity. Through discussion and discrimination activities, they review the role of chromosomes and distinguish between those traits that can and cannot be inherited. Students use Punnett squares to predict the possible combinations of inherited traits that can result from single trait crosses.
Students participate in an activity where they flip coins to determine which allele they pass on to the F1 generation and draw the resulting child's face. They identify several inheritance patterns including dominant, recessive, incomplete dominance, polygenic, sex-linked, and epitasis.
Learners play a game to see which traits they have that are inherited and which are learned characteristics. In this heredity lesson plan, students graph their data.
A class of older and academically mature students are divided into pairs, usually one male and one female and are told that they are expecting a child. Unfortunately, their child may or may not have inherited some form of genetic disorder in this role play. Case history of their play family is given to each group and their jobs are to solve the problems.
Students explore inheritance patterns of diseases. For this genetic lesson, students explain how recessive genes may cause human disorders. They identify and research five genetic disorders and present their findings to the class.
Students study the relationship between several vocabulary words and identify the connection between genes and traits.  In this gene inheritance lesson students gain understanding on mutations and how it can be passed on and what the chances are of inheriting a mutation.
Students explore the history, inheritance and mutations of genetics.  In this genetic lesson students complete experiments on DNA sequences.
Students identify inherited traits. In this heredity lesson, students watch a video and construct a genetic description of themselves.
Learners investigate genetics as the study of inherited traits. They complete a worksheet.