HS-LS4.C: Adaptation Lesson Plans

  • Worksheet
    Speciation and Genetic Drift
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    Worksheet
    Students match genetic drift, speciation and extinction vocabulary terms with their definitions.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS4.C: Adaptation
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science High School
  • Lab Experiment
    Adaptations of Darwin’s Finches Lab
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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
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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
  • Class Activity
    Evolution by Natural Selection
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    Activity
    Principles of natural selection are demonstrated by a simulation involving different color pompoms on different color and texture habitats and student feeders equipped with different types of feeding implement. Students learn how different adaptations contribute to differences in survival and reproductive success, which results in changing frequencies of genotypes in the populations.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
    HS-LS4.C: Adaptation
     
    Published by Ingrid Waldron and Jennifer Doherty High School
  • Worksheet
    Evolution Study Guide
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    Worksheet
    Students will be able to explain the modern theory of evolution, including: natural selection, the evolution of populations, fossils, Darwin's finches, gene pools, evidence and more important concepts. Hand out this worksheet before introducing evolution. Students are to fill in this worksheet while you teach. Students then use this worksheet as a central place to study from to prepare for a test or quiz.
    NGSS Standard
    HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
    HS-LS4.C: Adaptation
     
    Published by NGSS Life Science High School

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