Brooks River Brown Bears: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

Type of Resource



Students experience the excitement of watching live-streaming video of wild bears on Brooks River in Katmai National Park, Alaska, in order to explore science concepts in the real world. These three lessons, designed for grades 3–5, offer students the opportunity to engage in activities that focus in particular on the inheritance and variation of brown bear traits. Lesson 1: Introducing the Brown Bears Students find out about the brown bears that fish for salmon along the Brooks River in K

Performance Expectations

3-LS3-1   Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.

3-LS3-2   Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.