Our Heredity lesson plan teaches students about what heredity is and how traits are passed from one generation to the next. Students complete Punnet Squares and learn related vocabulary.


Our Heredity lesson plan introduces the students to heredity, and most are usually intrigued and become interested in the passing of traits from parent to offspring. During this lesson, students are asked to complete Punnet Squares with different sets of data and write an explanation about why the offspring of the parents have the traits that they have, enabling them to practice both using Punnet Squares and thinking through the concepts in this lesson. Students are also asked to match terms to their definitions, demonstrating their understanding of the lesson vocabulary.

At the end of the lesson, students will be able to define heredity and related terms, explain the passing of traits and characteristics from parent to offspring, and identify and use a Punnet Square.

Common Core State Standards: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6.7

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