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Genetics and Adaptations

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Grade Level:
Fifth Grade-Ninth Grade
Art, Biodiversity, Biology: Plants, Botany, Ecology, Environment, Fire Ecology
National/State Standards:
Utah Core Curriculum Seventh Grade Science.
Standard Four
Students will understand that offspring inherit traits that make them more or less suitable to survive in the environment.
allele, trait, sexual reproduction, asexual reproduction, genetics, offspring


This guide contains background information about genetics, and directions for three activities that will help students better understand how inheritable traits help plants and animals survive in Zion National Park.


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Click on the PDFs below for the activity materials that accompany each activity described in the activity guide. 

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