Is It Heredity or the Environment?

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Himalayan rabbits are black when raised at low temperatures and white when raised at high temperatures. Young biologists participate in an experiment using seeds to demonstrate the ways the environment can influence an inherited characteristic. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • After completing the extension activity on a genetic condition, research if an environmental factor could help someone with the condition, i.e. surgery, therapy, or change in climate
Classroom Considerations

  • This is the second in a set of five lessons
  • While the experiment takes three weeks to complete, the lesson itself only takes one class period
  • Be sure to have an area that won't be disturbed to set up the experiment
Pros

  • Includes vocabulary
  • Materials are easily available
Cons

  • None