Generations of Traits

This Generations of Traits activity & project also includes:

New Review

How do people get their unique combination of traits? Explore how traits pass from grandparents to parents to children in the fourth installment of the eight-part Introduction to Heredity unit. Learners get hands-on with colored pom-poms as they simulate heredity. They learn about generational traits and similarities and differences among siblings as they explore traits in a simulated family.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • For an extension activity, have scholars work backwards by giving them the traits of the children and allowing them to predict the traits of the parents and grandparents
  • Use as an introduction to pedigrees
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires materials many teachers do not have in the classroom
  • Teacher must prepare materials before the activity 

  • Hands-on simulation engages all learners
  • Visual activity allows better comprehension of concepts

  • None
Common Core