Handy Family Tree

This Handy Family Tree activity & project also includes:

New Review

Which traits are inherited and which traits are acquired? Pupils explore the difference between inherited and acquired traits among their family members in part six of the eight-installment Introduction to Heredity unit. They interview family members to find out which traits they have and then create family trees to show how the traits are similar throughout generations.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Assign as an at-home project, then have scholars present their trees during class
  • Have learners research other inherited and acquired traits and add them to their family trees
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires some materials that some teachers do not have in the classroom
  • Family research may be sensitive for some 

  • Provides opportunity for improving interview, presentation, and talking skills
  • Allows for creativity

  • None
Common Core