Family Traits and Traditions: A Make-a-Match Game

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How do family traditions influence how people look? Learners explore the idea in a match game to complete the final installment of the eight-part Introduction to Heredity unit. Players flip over cards to find matches and, while doing so, determine if traits are inherited or acquired. Playing with a partner or in a small group, they continue until they find all the matches ... the one who collects the most matches wins!

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Play as a review game before a major assessment
  • Have pupils play with a partner or in a small group to better discuss each trait and identify it as inherited or acquired
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires some preparation before the activity
Pros

  • Engaging and fun activity
  • Great practice for comparing inherited and acquired traits
Cons

  • Little evaluation or analysis of learning
Common Core