Evidence of Evolution Lesson Plans

  • Project
    Protein Synthesis & Regulation Model
    Published by NGSS Life Science. Lesson Plan (PDF)

    Lesson Plan (DOCX) with Membership
     
    Project
    Students will act out the process of transcription and translation using a physical model to help build a kinesthetic and visual memory of protein synthesis.
    NGSS Standard
    Gene Regulation
    HS-LS1.A: Structure and Function
    HS-LS3.B: Variation of Traits
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science High School
  • Project
    Dinosaur Evolution Project
    Published by NGSS Life Science. Lesson Plan (PDF)

    Lesson Plan (DOCX) with Membership
     
    Project
    Students pretend to evolve a dinosaur using Darwin's principles of evolution and watch how the dinosaur adapts to an environmental change. This is a very comprehensive project including natural selection, adaptations, chromosome and point mutations, gene pools, isolation, Mendel genetics, protein synthesis, fossils, ecology, competition,and speciation.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
    HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
    HS-LS4.C: Adaptation
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science High School
  • Assessment
    Theory of Evolution Quiz
    Multimedia
     
    Assessment
    This quiz assesses students knowledge of natural selection, selection based on phenotypes, evidence, fossils, and genetic variation.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
     
    Published by High School
  • Lab Experiment
    The Cytochrome-C Lab
    Lesson Plan
    Student Handout
     
    Experiment
    The amino acid sequences in cytochrome-c are used to compare the degree of relationship between several different animals. Students also use the data to compare to a cladogram of anatomical features for those animals.
    NGSS Standard
     
    Published by Beth Kramer Middle School
  • Class Activity
    The Great Fossil Find
    Lesson Plan
     
    Activity
    Students are taken on an imaginary fossil hunt. Following a script read by the teacher, students "find" (remove from envelope) paper "fossils" of some unknown creature, only a few at a time. Each time, they attempt to reconstruct the creature, and each time their interpretation tends to change as new pieces are "found". This lesson is great for students to understand that science is tentative and as new evidence is revealed, ideas may change.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
     
    Published by Steve Randak and Michael Kimmel High School

More Evidence of Evolution lesson plans are in the works.
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