Health Education - 5th Grade
Standard 6 Objective 3
3 class periods of 45 minutes each
Students will be able to list the traits they get from their parents. They will be able to distnguish inherited traits from acquired ones, especially those relating to health.
Have a basic understanding of inherited and acquired traits.
Understand the connection between offspring and heredity.
Students will be able to distinguish between inherited and acquired traits. Students will be able to identify aspects of their health that are affected by choices.
Step 1 - Define and describe what a trait is.
Step 2 - Define and describe inherited and acquired traits.
Examples of inherited traits include eye color, height, hair color, etc.
Examples of acquired traits include shaved head, dyed hair, increased weight due to overeating, etc.
Note that weight/shape can be both inherited and acquired
Step 3 - Give each student 10 index cards. Have students think about their own traits and write down five they believe to be inherited and five they believe to be acquired.
Step 4 - Divide the chalk board into two parts, one labeled "inherited" and one labeled "acquired".
Step 5 - Have students hold up one of their inherited traits. Ask them to tape the index card to the board under "inherited".
Step 6 - Repeat step 5 for one of their acquired traits.
Step 7 - Review the cards listed in each category, making sure they have been placed correctly.
Step 8 - Have students discuss which acquired traits affect their health and how they can improve their health through the choices they make.
Students draw the inherited and aquired traits on their index cards.
Students will be assessed on their participation. This activity is done mainly as a class. Each student needs to fill out their index cards as part as their participation.