Next Generation Science Standards

Inherited Traits/Learned Behaviors

Good Evening! 
I am a student teacher at the University of Houston (Main Campus). I have a lesson on Inherited Traits/Learned Behaviors for a fourth grade math/science class. In the class, I have two students who are adopted (and are aware that their parents are not their birth parents.) One of the students has met her birth parents, and the other student has not. How should I go about this lesson of what students may have inherited from their parents while still being sensitive to the fact that maybe not all students know their birth parents? I also want to make sure they can make those real-world connections, but I do not want to be insensitive to the subject. 

 

Please leave your advice/comments below!

Thanks!

Rana Shahin
Rana Shahin
610 Activity Points

Perhaps you could have some of your students research inherited traits/ learned behaviors of animals.

Pamela Dupre
Pamela Dupre
89364 Activity Points

This is a topic that teachers need to be sensitive about. Pamela's suggestion to use animals is a good one. I've looked at the activities in Teach Genetics, from the University of Utah. The series of lessons Introduction to Heredity and Traits may have some suggestions you could use. The lessons are for grades 5 and up but look like they could be adapted. --Mary B  

Mary Bigelow
Mary Bigelow
9180 Activity Points

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