Genetics: You Are Unique
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What are some of my inherited traits?
- Genetics is the study of inherited
- Inherited refers to traits you get from
- Traits are personal characteristics.
- Every person has his or her own looks, traits, and characteristics.
Every person is unique.
- Some traits are inherited.
- Traits and characteristics are often genetic, or passed on to
you from your parents.
- You may have some traits like your mother, some like your
father and some like both your father and your mother.
- Observation skills
- Documentation skills
- Research skills
- Oral presentation skills
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Procedures and Activity
- Look around our group. Is anyone else here just like you? Every
person you know, or ever will know, is unique. No two people are
just alike (even identical twins).
- Many of our traits or characteristics are “inherited”
or passed down to us from our parents.
- Today, we are going to identify some of our genetic or inherited
traits. Then you will go home and see if your parents have the
same traits. If you have a trait, then usually at least one of
your parents will, too.
- Give students hand-outs. Review
traits we are looking for, how to decide if you have the trait and
how to document it on the hand-out.
- Let students complete the activities on the hand-out.
- Share findings with the group.
- Have the students take the hand-out home so they can see and
document their parents’ traits.
Closing - Original Question
Ask again, “What are some of my inherited
Let each student share which traits they have and which traits their
parents have. Listen for evidence that they understand the concepts of
genetics and the inheritability of traits.
- Ask students to expand their charts of inherited traits. Brainstorm
traits they could research, such as color-blindness, bloodtype, hair
color, etc. After research and documentation, students can share
their finding either orally or in a written report.
- Have students make thumb- and footprints. They can dip into a stamp
pad or paint. Look at the design of lines and rings. See if anyone
else has the same print. Share why we can use these prints to track
people, identify thieves, and tell the difference between newborn
babies in the hospital.
Careers Related to the Lesson Topic
- Learning how you are related to or linked to your origin
- Passed down from your parents
- Personal Characteristics, things about you—such as eye color,
skin color, and blood type—that are specific to you
- One of a kind
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Last amended 1 May 03