Finding the Fittest- Livestock Selection



This lesson should be used after students have been taught the genetic principles of phenotype and genotype. The lesson introduces the aspects of utilizing phenotype in the real world by giving the determinants of evaluation for livestock animals. Students will be able to use the criteria of evaluation in picking animals who exemplify the best traits.

One-Day Lesson

period length
55 Minutes

Program Information and Grade Levels

Industries / Pathways
  • Agriculture & Natural Resources Agriculture & Natural Resources
Grade Levels
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12

Standards and Objectives


California's 2008 CTE Standards (3)
California Academic Content Standards (2)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will identify animals with superior phenotypic traits through live evaluation.
  • Students will evaluate a group of four animals placing them in order from best to worst.
  • Students will understand and apply scientific and industry terms.
  • Students will use industry terminology to communicate through descriptions of individual animals within a group and discuss reasoning for the placement of the animals.

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