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Heredity (5th Grade)

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heredity
Passing of traits from parent to offspring
inherited traits
traits that are passed from parents to their offspring
trait
A characteristic that determines how an organism looks, acts, or functions.
offspring
Children or young of a person, animal, or plant
parent organism
a producer of offspring
organism
Any living thing that can carry out its life activities on its own
life cycle
The stages a living organism will go through during its life time
variations
differences in the appearance of an inherited trait among the members of a group
environment
the surroundings in which the organism lives
species
A certain group of plants or animals that can only reproduce among themselves
specialized structure
body parts which help organism survive
population
number and kind of an organism in an area
instinct
behaviors that are inherited from the parent organism
learned behaviors
actions and behaviors that are learned through trial and error or are brought about by environment
survival
the process of staying alive
gene
chemical factors that determine traits
DNA
A complex chemical within the nucleus that makes up a gene and determines what traits an organism will have.