Guess the turtle moms!

A card-based game that supports the following Next Generation Science Standards:

1-LS3-1. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that young plants and animals are like, but not exactly like, their parents.

3-LS3-1. Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence that plants and animals have traits inherited from parents and that variation of these traits exists in a group of similar organisms.

MS-LS1-5. Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.

HS-LS3-2. Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from: (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors.

To conduct this activity, please download the following pages by clicking on the images below. Once they’re printed, simply cut out the image cards (be sure to keep names with each turtle), and see if students can match turtle babies with the appropriate mother. New babies will be coming each year, so please enter your email address below the images for updates as they become available!




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You can also check the genetic markers on some of our babies right here:

Why are these lizards changing color?


To engage students in an ongoing project that investigates why Carolina anoles change color, click on the lizard image above.

For photos from The Herp Project‘s June 2016 workshop at Haw River State Park, please click on the salamander image below.