Young Animals Resemble Their Parents
The student is expected to compare ways that young animals resemble their parents.
The student knows that organisms resemble their parents and have structures and processes that help them survive within their environments.
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.
The Genetics of Inherited Traits: BioEd Online & K8Science (video) - An introduction to how traits are passed from one generation to another.
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.
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.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Changing Cicada: Science NetLink (website) – Students compare cicada offspring to their adult parents, and learn that they are very much, but not exactly, alike.
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.
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.
Use the assessment pages provided as part of the Signature Lesson to evaluate students’ understanding of the resemblance of parents and offspring.
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)
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.