SC.4.L.16.3

Recognize that animal behaviors may be shaped by heredity and learning.
General Information
Subject Area: Science
Grade: 4
Body of Knowledge: Life Science
Idea: Level 3: Strategic Thinking & Complex Reasoning
Big Idea: Heredity and Reproduction - A. Offspring of plants and animals are similar to, but not exactly like, their parents or each other.

B. Life cycles vary among organisms, but reproduction is a major stage in the life cycle of all organisms.
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5020050: Science - Grade Four (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022 (current), 2022 and beyond)
7720050: Access Science Grade 4 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
SC.4.L.16.In.2: Identify behaviors that animals have naturally (inherit) and behaviors that animals learn.
SC.4.L.16.Pa.2: Recognize similarities between self and parents.
SC.4.L.16.Su.2: Recognize behaviors of common animals.

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Assessment

Inherited vs. Learned Behavior:

This is an assessment in which students will identify characteristics of organisms that are inherited from their parents and others that are learned from interacting with the environment. The assessment includes multiple choice questions and a short response question.

Type: Assessment

Lesson Plans

We All Need Trees:

Students are often surprised to learn how many different products we get from trees. Use this activity to help your students learn just how much we depend on trees in our daily lives.

Type: Lesson Plan

A Skateboard Riding Dog! - Exploring the Difference Between Learned and Inherited Animal Behaviors:

This is a 5E lesson which allows students to explore the differences between learned and inherited behaviors in animals. The lesson includes engaging videos of animals doing incredible things.

Type: Lesson Plan

Caution! School's a Zoo!:

This is a fun science lesson that teaches children about inherited animal behaviors through observation and direct instruction. Students then use their new skills to write a news article explaining what school might be like if teachers or students had different inherited and learned behaviors. This lesson can be integrated into reading and includes an opportunity for writing across the curriculum.

Type: Lesson Plan

Original Student Tutorials

Did I Know How to Wink, Or Did My Parents Teach Me? Part 2 - Learned Behaviors:

Explore learned animal behaviors and the differences between hereditary and learned behaviors in this interactive tutorial.

This is part 2 of a two-part series. Click HERE to open Part 1, which focuses on hereditary behaviors in animals. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Did I Know How to Blink, Or Did My Parents Teach Me? – Part 1 Hereditary Behaviors:

Learn how animal behaviors may be shaped by heredity and learning and how to distinguish between the two types of behavior in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Teaching Idea

Jump or Be Lunch! SeaWorld Classroom Activity:

Students will predict how high they can jump and then compare the height of their jumps to how high a rockhopper penguin can jump out of the water. They will practice mathematical skills for determining averages.

Type: Teaching Idea

Original Student Tutorials Science - Grades K-8

Did I Know How to Blink, Or Did My Parents Teach Me? – Part 1 Hereditary Behaviors:

Learn how animal behaviors may be shaped by heredity and learning and how to distinguish between the two types of behavior in this interactive tutorial.

Did I Know How to Wink, Or Did My Parents Teach Me? Part 2 - Learned Behaviors:

Explore learned animal behaviors and the differences between hereditary and learned behaviors in this interactive tutorial.

This is part 2 of a two-part series. Click HERE to open Part 1, which focuses on hereditary behaviors in animals. 

Student Resources

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Original Student Tutorials

Did I Know How to Wink, Or Did My Parents Teach Me? Part 2 - Learned Behaviors:

Explore learned animal behaviors and the differences between hereditary and learned behaviors in this interactive tutorial.

This is part 2 of a two-part series. Click HERE to open Part 1, which focuses on hereditary behaviors in animals. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Did I Know How to Blink, Or Did My Parents Teach Me? – Part 1 Hereditary Behaviors:

Learn how animal behaviors may be shaped by heredity and learning and how to distinguish between the two types of behavior in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Parent Resources

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