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Young Animals Resemble Their Parents

Young Animals Resemble Their Parents

TEKS Objective

The student is expected to compare ways that young animals resemble their parents.

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Essential Understanding

The student knows that organisms resemble their parents and have structures and processes that help them survive within their environments.

Science Background

What is Heredity? Genetic Science Learning Center (website) – What is heredity and why do children resemble their parents? These questions are answered in a narrated slide show.

What is Heredity?
Genetic Science Learning Center,

The Genetics of Inherited Traits: BioEd Online & K8Science (video) - An introduction to how traits are passed from one generation to another.

The Genetics of Inherited Traits
BioEd Online & K8Science,

What is a Trait? Genetic Science Learning Center (website) - Each one of us has a different combination of traits that makes us unique. Learn why you share traits with your parents.

What is a Trait?
Genetic Science Learning Center,

Signature Lesson

Oh Baby! What Baby Animal Is That? Georgia Department of Education (website) – Students watch a streaming video presentation on animal parents and use flashcards to compare animal offspring to their parents.

Oh Baby! What Baby Animal Is That?
Georgia Department of Education,

Supporting Lessons

Changing Cicada: Science NetLink (website) – Students compare cicada offspring to their adult parents, and learn that they are very much, but not exactly, alike.

Changing Cicada
Science NetLinks,

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

Animal Families: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (PDF) – This field trip guide offers useful tips for taking children outside to observe animal parents and offspring.

Animal Families
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service,

Hatching Eggs in the Classroom: Texas Agriculture Extension Service (PDF) - Hatching chicken eggs in the classrooms gives students first-hand opportunities to observe and record the life cycle of chickens, and observe how chicks resemble their parents. This guide provides complete instructions.

Hatching Eggs in the Classroom
Texas Agriculture Extension Service,

Assessment Ideas

Use the assessment pages provided as part of the Signature Lesson to evaluate students’ understanding of the resemblance of parents and offspring.

Literature Connections

Baby Animals. Berger, Melvin (ISBN-13: 978-0545003919)

How do Animal Babies Live? Hickman Brynie, Faith (ISBN-13: 978-0766037489)

You Don’t Look Like your Mother. Fisher, Aileen Lucia (ISBN-13: 978-1586538569)

Where’s My Baby? Rey, H.A. (ISBN-13: 978-0395906965)

Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? Carle, Eric (ISBN-13: 978-0064436427)

Related Science TEKS

(1.1A) Science Safety
The student is expected to recognize and demonstrate safe practices as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations, including wearing safety goggles, washing hands, and using materials appropriately.

(1.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.

(1.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.

(1.2E) Communicate Observations
The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations.

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1.8A The student is expected to order three or more events according to duration.

1.9A The student is expected to collect and sort data.

1.9B The student is expected to use organized data to construct real object graphs, picture graphs, and bar-type graphs.

Additional Resources

Animal Teachers: National Geographic Kids (website) - Watch these videos of animal parents teaching their young important life lessons. They can be found towards the bottom of the page.

Animal Teachers
National Geographic Kids,

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