Just what kinds of characteristics do living things receive from their parents and what kinds of traits do they not? What makes the offspring of any animal or plant have the basic characteristics of the parents? There happen to be a great number of human traits that are inherited from parents that are very visible to the naked eye. In fact, eye shape, ear shape and in particular, ear lobe presence or not, hair color, hair texture (including curly or straight), the widow’s peak, and the ability to roll one’s tongue are very easy to observe and record. The purpose of this chapter’s story is to prompt children to explore traits inherited from parents and grandparents and to realize that they are passed from parents to their offspring.

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Biology Inquiry Instructional Materials Life Science


Type Book ChapterPub Date 2/20/2013ISBN 978-1-936959-30-3Stock # PB333X2_18

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