1. Human Traits - Sources and Standards

The idea for this activity was inspired by Katie Ward, a superwoman science teacher from Aragon High School. Another traits survey activity for the classroom with a slightly different twist can be found through the NASA Explores website.

Any resource list I might compile would be incomplete next to the genetics resource list created by 42Explore.


Grade 7
2. A typical cell of any organism contains genetic instructions that specify its traits. Those traits may be modified by environmental influences. As a basis for understanding this concept:
c. Students know an inherited trait can be determined by one or more genes.
d. Students know plant and animal cells contain many thousands of different genes and typically have two copies of every gene. The two copies (or alleles) of the gene may or may not be identical, and one may be dominant in determining the phenotype while the other is recessive.