3-LS3-2: Environmental Influence on Traits 

Use evidence to support the explanation that traits can be influenced by the environment. (Cause and Effect)

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.

Assessment Boundary: none


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Organisms (plants and animals)
Environmental factors (e.g. amount of food or water, exercise, chemicals)
Traits (e.g. height or weight of a plant or animal, color or quantity of the flowers)
Cause and Effect


Learning Plans


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