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Understand that inherited traits can be identical or differ from other offspring. 

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Concept to Know

Genes and Heredity Link

Click in the link and scroll down to the sections titled What is a Gene? and Genes and Heredity. ONLY READ THOSE TWO SECTIONS. 

Here are some questions to consider:

What are chromosomes?

How many chromosomes do you chromosomes do you inherit?

Who do you inherit your genes from? 

Big Idea

What determines how you look? 

Answer this question on a separate Google Doc(link is on Google Classroom) after you finish everything on this page. Your answer should be at least 5-7 sentences. Make sure to include key vocabulary such as genes, and traits. You must also include where you get your genetic material from. Be very specific(number of chromosomes). Talk about what these traits influence as well. 

NGSS-6th grade

LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits

Variations of inherited traits between parent and offspring arise from genetic differences that result from the subset of chromosomes (and therefore genes) inherited.

LS3.B: Variation of Traits
In sexually reproducing organisms, each parent contributes half of the genes acquired (at random) by the offspring. Individuals have two of each chromosome and hence two alleles of each gene, one acquired from each parent. These versions may be identical or may differ from one another.

Watch the video. Focus on the following concepts:
What is heredity?
What are traits?
Who noticed that traits can vary from each generation?
What is a dominant/recessive trait?