HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection Lesson Plans

  • Lab Experiment
    Adaptations of Darwin’s Finches Lab
    Published by NGSS Life Science. Lesson Plan (PDF)

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    Experiment
    Students participate in an activity that demonstrates how natural selection works by mimicking adaptations of Darwin’s finches. Topics include extinction, competition, generations, survival of the fittest and graphing.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
    HS-LS4.C: Adaptation
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science High School
  • Project
    Dinosaur Evolution Project
    Published by NGSS Life Science. Lesson Plan (PDF)

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    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
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    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
  • Class Activity
    Peppered Moth Simulation
    Lesson Plan
     
    Activity
    Students will simulate how predators locate prey in different environments using forceps, newspaper and colored papers. Students will analyze how color affects an organism's ability to survive in certain environments.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
     
    Published by Shannan Muskopf High School
  • Class Activity
    Natural Selection Simulation
    Lesson Plan
     
    Activity
    Students model natural selection by using tools such as spoons to "capture" beans and determine the best adaptations for survival.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
     
    Published by Shannan Muskopf High School

More HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection lesson plans are in the works.
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