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Case Study Heredity And Environment


Each person is a unique individual. Genetics is the study of how traits are passed from past generations to a child. The students will learn basic genetic information.


Note Cards, Crayons/colored pencils/markers, LCD projector &Computer,

Background for Teachers

Review Genetic information from curriculums, textbooks and web sites.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The students will understand the function of the different parts of a cell, how a cell divides, how multiple births occurs and how traits are passed from generation to generation.

Instructional Procedures

Introduce the unit by reading the book: The Cow that Oinked

Have the students take a notecard and write a "H" on one side and an "E" on the other. As a class, complete the Heredity / Environment activity.

Or read the Case Study and have the students write which traits are inhereted and which are influenced by environment.

Cover basic information with the PowerPoint presentation while the students take notes.

When discussing the information about twins, share the joke and story about twins.

Have the students complete the Gene-O information. (If student is adopted and does not have access to birth parent's information - just have them do the environment part.)


  • Heredity Worksheet (USOE Child Development Curriculum
  • Go for the Gold

Assessment Plan

The Gene-o-Gram will help students to understand basic genetic.


USOE- FACS 1994 Child Development Curriculum

Created: 08/06/2003
Updated: 02/05/2018

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Dawkins, Richard, The Selfish Gene, New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979.

Milunsky, A., KnowYourGenes, Avon, N.Y., 1979.

Motulsky, Vogel, Human Genetics, Problems and Approaches: Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 1986, printed in Germany.

Rothwell, Norman, Understanding Genetics, New York: Oxford University Press, 1979.

Scheinfeld, Amram, Your Heredity and Environment, J.B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia, 1964.

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Woese, Carl R., The Genetic Code, New York: Harper and Rowe, 1967.

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