Week Twenty-Seven Science Lessons: Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors

Grade 5 Science

Week Twenty-seven Lessons

This week we will continue the Organisms Unit. We are going to take a look at inherited traits and learned behaviors, and why they are important. Links to actual materials and lessons are provided throughout this post. I hope you can find something to help make planning this year a little, or a lot, easier!

Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors Free Science Lesson

TEKS/ Standards:

(B) differentiate between inherited traits of plants and animals such as spines on a cactus or shape of a beak and learned behaviors such as an animal learning tricks or a child riding a bicycle; and Readiness Standard

“I can” Statements:

I can differentiate inherited traits and learned behaviors of plants and animals.

Essential Questions:

Monday – How do you learn things like how to eat your food, and how to read a book?

Tuesday –Can you be taught to have the eye color you have? Why or why not?

Wednesday – What is the difference between an inherited trait and a learned behavior?

Thursday – Which do you think is more important to survival, inherited traits or learned behaviors? Explain.

Friday – How do learned behaviors change from generation to generation?

Word Wall Words:

Inherited Traits

Learned Behaviors

Instincts

Lesson Ideas and Materials:

Materials:

Science Wall Complete each day with your choice of word wall words.

Organisms and Environments Interactive Science Notebook

Science and Literacy Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors

Organisms and Environments Anchor Charts

Life Science Vocabulary

STAAR Science Review Stations

Lesson Ideas:

(M) Students will complete the All About Me Inventory. Complete the first 2 columns of a Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in Science and Literacy Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors.

(T) Students will read an informational text about Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors and complete a graphic organizer to process the information. Students will complete a summary writing with key terms from today’s reading. Complete the third column of the Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors

(W)–Students will complete a summary writing with key terms from today’s reading. Science and Literacy Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors. Students will complete the inherited traits and learned behaviors activity in their notebooks- Freebie this week –> Inherited Traits and Learned Behaviors freebie

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(Th) Students will complete the Treasure Hunting for Traits Activity.-Organisms and Environments Interactive Science Notebook. Complete the Inherited Vs. Learned Anchor Chart as a class. –  Organisms and Environments Anchor Charts

The students can fill in their printable poster, and you can make one on chart paper to hang up around the room.

(F) Continue the STAAR Science Review Stations this week. Complete one or two rotations of stations this Friday. Only 4 weeks before the STAAR Science!

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STAAR review stations

Lesson Notes:

Science Wall  and Science Starters to start each day. During Extra class time, complete the Life Science Vocabulary pages that accompany this week’s learning. Extra activities for the Organisms unit can be found in the Plants Structures and Functions Science and Literacy Lesson Set.

Additional resources:

The following links to the pretty PDF of this lesson plan.

5th Science Lesson Plans

Need materials for younger grades?

The materials in this lesson are intended for 5th graders in Texas, but are taught in a way that they could be easily modified for younger and older grades.

Here is what I have for Earth and Space so far.

Kindergarten Interactive Science Notebook with Word Wall Cards

2nd Grade Organisms and Environments Interactive Notebook

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