Academic Standard

Tennessee State Standards
Science (2009-2018)
Grade range: 
Subject = Life Science
Offspring are similar to, but somewhat different than their parents. Gregor Mendel noticed this phenomenon and through a series of experiments with pea plants discovered the general principles by which traits are transmitted between generations. The laws of probability govern how instructions for development are passed from parents to offspring in thousands of discrete genes, each of which is a segment of a molecule of DNA. The discovery of the structure of DNA was one of the crowning achievements of molecular biology and set the stage for a dramatic reconceptualization of Medelian inheritance.Conceptual StrandPlants and animals reproduce and transmit hereditary information between generations.Guiding QuestionWhat are the principal mechanisms by which living things reproduce and transmit information between parents and offspring?
Elements within this Standard
Grade Level Expectation
Compare the life cycles of various organisms.
Realize that parents pass along physical characteristics to their offspring.
Check For Understanding
Compare and contrast the life cycles of different organisms such as a chicken, butterfly, meal worm, frog, or human.
Sequence a collection of pictures or illustrations into the correct stages of an organisms life cycle.
Look for similarities in pictures of members from the same human family.
Create a graphic organizer that compares observable traits that offspring share with their parents.