About Meby: Richard Konicek-Moran

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Just what kinds of characteristics do living things receive from their parents and what kinds of traits do they not? What makes the offspring of any animal or plant have the basic characteristics of the parents? There happen to be a great number of human traits that are inherited from parents that are very visible to the naked eye. In fact, eye shape, ear shape and in particular, ear lobe presence or not, hair color, hair texture (including curly or straight), the widow’s peak, and the ability to roll one’s tongue are very easy to observe and record. The purpose of this chapter’s story is to prompt children to explore traits inherited from parents and grandparents and to realize that they are passed from parents to their offspring.

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  • on Tue Feb 20, 2018 9:24 PM

I read this story and I like it very much. I will be using it for my Engage section on my 5E lesson.

Hadeel A  (Richmond, TX)
Hadeel A (Richmond, TX)

  • on Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:02 AM

I enjoyed reading this story! It is a great story for students to get introduced to genetics.

Kia Shields
Kia Shields

  • on Mon May 23, 2011 9:52 PM

As in all of the Everyday Science Mysteries, the story is the opening for your own conversations and discoveries about heredity and genetics. It is not a blueprint or outright lesson plan - it provides good information for teacher background, an engaging story to read with suggestions for modifications, and further references and resources. A simply 'must have' resource!

Caryn Meirs  (Smithtown, NY)
Caryn Meirs (Smithtown, NY)

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