Elementary Science

Traits in 5th grade

I am trying to help our 5th grade teachers come up with hands-on lessons to teach inherited traits and to understand the difference between inherited and learned behaviors. Would appreciate hearing about things you have done in class with this. Thanks!

Sheila Falgout
Sheila Falgout
900 Activity Points

Relate it to real like ask students if they had a cut on there finger was it there from birth or did they just get it.

Raniah Adams
Raniah Adams
1515 Activity Points

Hello- It's a bit of a tricky topic, as sometimes students can come up with reasonable explanations to argue inherited or environmental. I have used this curriculum from Williams College. http://learning-in-action.williams.edu/opportunities/elementary-outreach/science-lessons/5th-grade-adaptation-and-behavior-unit/ The second lesson deals with inherited vs. environmental. You might have to get creative with the images as I can't seem to get them to load properly- it's an older lesson.

Sarah Benton Feitlinger
Sarah Benton
1765 Activity Points

What a great website! I bookmarked it right away, because I saw lessons that I will use for my 4th graders, too. Thank you for sharing.

Sheila Falgout
Sheila Falgout
900 Activity Points

I am thinking of an activity where the students can illustrate a picture of themselves. The physical features that they have such as their face shape, skin tone, eye color, and hair color are inherited traits. The students also write a paragraph about how they get ready for school, how to make their favorite foods, how to play their favorite game, or anything else that describes a learned behavior. I imagine the illustration of themselves as rather large (about two feet long) and the paragraph being pasted in the middle of their illustrations on the torso of their illustrations. I think it is important to have the students label their illustrations as inherited traits and their paragraph as learned behaviors.

Jaimie Dobbins
Jaimie Dobbins
2380 Activity Points

Jaimie, I love this idea! I think our 5th grade students will be very excited to express what they know in this way. I actually teach art to lower grade students, so I have all the materials I need, including the multi-cultural crayons and markers. Thank you so much for sharing!

Sheila Falgout
Sheila Falgout
900 Activity Points

You could possibly have students look at their selves in the mirror, or possibly bring a picture of their family where students can look at their own traits and then move onto looking at traits in animals. I think introducing a new concept with connecting it to the students everyday life would be the best approach.

Guadalupe Soto
Guadalupe Soto
1385 Activity Points

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