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ERIC Number: EJ1175527
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
An Introduction to Heredity: Part 1
Powell, Britnie; Malone, Molly; Drits-Esser, Dina; Stark, Louisa A.
Science and Children, v55 n6 p36-41 Feb 2018
The mechanics by which unique individuals are built from the instructions encoded in DNA is too advanced for elementary-age children. However, students can easily understand that organisms have observable traits and that each individual has a unique combination of traits, ideas that are included in the "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS") (NGSS Lead States 2013) for elementary-age students. Children are deeply curious about themselves and their traits. Elementary science teacher Ms. Anderson used a collection of fun and free activities, available in English- and Spanish-language versions, to help her students explore observable traits. In this article, she describes the activities and her experiences teaching them.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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