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            • Introduction - MST4.E.LE.2.Introduction:

              As students investigate the continuity of life, emphasis should be placed on how plants and animals reproduce their own kind.

              Teachers should lead students to make observations about how the offspring of familiar animals compare to one another and to their parents. Students know that animals reproduce their own kind—rabbits have rabbits (but you can usually tell one baby from another), cats have kittens that have different markings (but cats never have puppies), and so forth. This idea should be strengthened by a large number of examples, both plant and animal, upon which the students can draw.

              Students should move from describing individuals directly (e.g., she has blue eyes) to naming traits and classifying individuals with respect to those traits (e.g., eye color: blue). Students can be encouraged to keep lists of things that animals and plants get from their parents, things that they don't get, and things that the students are not sure about either way.

              • Major Understandings - MST4.E.LE.2.1a:
                Some traits of living things have been inherited (e.g., color of flowers and number of limbs of animals).
              • Major Understandings - MST4.E.LE.2.1b:
                Some characteristics result from an individual’s interactions with the environment and cannot be inherited by the next generation (e.g., having scars; riding a bicycle).
              • Major Understandings - MST4.E.LE.2.2a:
                Plants and animals closely resemble their parents and other individuals in their species.
              • Major Understandings - MST4.E.LE.2.2b:
                Plants and animals can transfer specific traits to their offspring when they reproduce.
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