# Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits

### Students who demonstrate understanding can:

#### Performance Expectations

1. Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.

Clarification Statement and Assessment Boundary

A Peformance Expectation (PE) is what a student should be able to do to show mastery of a concept. Some PEs include a Clarification Statement and/or an Assessment Boundary. These can be found by clicking the PE for "More Info." By hovering over a PE, its corresponding pieces from the Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas, and Crosscutting Concepts will be highlighted.

### Science and Engineering Practices

By clicking on a specific Science and Engineering Practice, Disciplinary Core Idea, or Crosscutting Concept, you can find out more information on it. By hovering over one you can find its corresponding elements in the PEs.

## Planning Curriculum

### Common Core State Standards Connections

#### ELA/Literacy

• RI.3.1 - Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. (3-LS3-2)
• RI.3.2 - Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea. (3-LS3-2)
• RI.3.3 - Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect. (3-LS3-2)
• SL.3.4 - Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace. (3-LS3-2)
• W.3.2 - Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. (3-LS3-2)

#### Mathematics

• 3.MD.B.4 - Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Show the data by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in appropriate unitsâ€” whole numbers, halves, or quarters. (3-LS3-2)
• MP.2 - Reason abstractly and quantitatively. (3-LS3-2)
• MP.4 - Model with mathematics. (3-LS3-2)

## Resources & Lesson Plans

• More resources added each week!
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• Student use a simulation activity to discover that plants that look alike can have different types of roots, that plants with different types of roots can thrive in soils that have different amounts of moisture, and that plants ca ...

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• 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 th...

• This resource contains five informational reading passages about animal adaptations. It was made for the NGSS 3-LS2 Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics. It covers the following animals in the the following ecosystems: Collared Lizard - ...

• Developing and Using Models

• Scientists and Engineers are Imaginative

• Scientists and Engineers are Patient

• Scientists and Engineers are Visionary

• Scientists and Engineers are Intuitive

• Scientists and Engineers are Observant

• Scientists and Engineers are Puzzlers

• Scientists and Engineers are Curious

• Scientists and Engineers are Dedicated

• Scientists and Engineers are Dreamers

• Scientists and Engineers are Creative

• Scientists and Engineers are Fearless

• Scientists and Engineers are Risk Takers

• "Create aliens with different traits and breed them to produce offspring. Determine which traits are passed down from parents to offspring and which traits are acquired. Offspring can be stored for future experiments or released."

• Grade: 3rd. Duration: 60 minutes. What I like about this website is that it includes both a video and a Lesson Plan with a hands-on activity that allows to practice what they learned about in the video.

Planning Curriculum gives connections to other areas of study for easier curriculum creation.