LS4 Biological Evolution Lesson Plans

LS4 Dinosaur Fossil
Evolution lesson plans designed for high school, middle school, and elementary school science teachers are downloadable here. The driving question for evolution is "What evidence shows that different species are related?" Click on the ngss units below to see a list of free lessons by standard.
  • High School LS4 Lesson Plans

    HS-LS4.A: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity

    • HS-LS4-1 Lesson Plans: Communicate scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple linesofempiricalevidence.

    HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection

    • HS-LS4-2 Lesson Plans: Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: (1) the potential for a species to increase in number, (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, (3) competition for limited resources, and (4) the proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment.
    • HS-LS4-3 Lesson Plans: Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait.

    HS-LS4.C: Adaptation

    • HS-LS4-2 Lesson Plans: Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: (1) the potential for a species to increase in number, (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, (3) competition for limited resources, and (4) the proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment.
    • HS-LS4-3 Lesson Plans: Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait.
    • HS-LS4-4 Lesson Plans: Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.
    • HS-LS4-5 Lesson Plans: Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.

    HS-LS4.D: Biodiversity and Humans

    • HS-LS4-6 Lesson Plans: Create or revise a simulation to test a solution to mitigate adverse impacts of human activity on biodiversity.