Environmental Influence on Traits
Next Generation Standards
3-LS3-2 - Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment.
Clarification Statement - Examples of the environment affecting a trait could include normally tall plants grown with insufficient water are stunted; and, a pet dog that is given too much food and little exercise may become overweight.
3-LS3-2 - Distinguish between inherited characteristics and those characteristics that result from a direct interaction with the environment. Give examples of characteristics of living organisms that are influenced by both inheritance and the environment.
Clarification Statement - Examples of the environment affecting a characteristic could include normally tall plants stunted because they were grown with insufficient water or light, a lizard missing a tail due to a predator, and a pet dog becoming overweight because it is given too much food and little exercise. Focus should be on non-human examples.
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