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Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals' probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.

 
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Pocket Mouse Example - Natural Selection

8th Grade Science » Unit: Factors That Drive Evolution
8th Grade Science » Unit: Factors That Drive Evolution
Lori Knasiak
Lake In The Hills, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students use mathematical representations to support conclusions as they learn about how natural selection affected the pocket mouse population of the southwestern United States.

 
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Survival of the Fittest (2 Days)

7th Grade Science » Unit: Evolution
7th Grade Science » Unit: Evolution
Mariana Garcia Serrato
San Jose, CA
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Fitness does not mean stronger or faster.

 
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Introduction of PBL: Is It the End of Humanity?

8th Grade Science » Unit: Factors That Drive Evolution
8th Grade Science » Unit: Factors That Drive Evolution
Lori Knasiak
Lake In The Hills, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students apply what they know about evolution, natural selection, artificial selection and genetic technologies to save humanity!

 
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desert liberty
   

Real World Example: Adapting To Extreme Ecosystems

8th Grade Science » Unit: Factors That Drive Evolution
8th Grade Science » Unit: Factors That Drive Evolution
Lori Knasiak
Lake In The Hills, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

As students work to develop ideas on how humanity will need to change to survive in extreme ecosystems, we look to the icefish for ideas on adapting internal body systems.

 
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icefish chionodraco hamatus
   

What is Evolution?

8th Grade Science » Unit: Factors That Drive Evolution
8th Grade Science » Unit: Factors That Drive Evolution
Lori Knasiak
Lake In The Hills, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students use an online simulation to see how random mutations increase or decrease an organisms survival.

 
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followed by monkeys
   

Natural Selection - A Human Example

8th Grade Science » Unit: Factors That Drive Evolution
8th Grade Science » Unit: Factors That Drive Evolution
Lori Knasiak
Lake In The Hills, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students often think that natural selection is somehow chosen by the organism in response environmental pressures. This lesson helps students understand the randomness of natural selection.

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Awesome Animal Adaptations

8th Grade Science » Unit: Factors That Drive Evolution
8th Grade Science » Unit: Factors That Drive Evolution
Lori Knasiak
Lake In The Hills, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students begin to uncover the cause and effect relationship between adaptations and evolution.

 
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cheats chameleon
   

Evolution and Adaptation

8th Grade Science » Unit: Factors That Drive Evolution
8th Grade Science » Unit: Factors That Drive Evolution
Lori Knasiak
Lake In The Hills, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students learn about Darwin so they can look at the organisms that surround them everyday with a new lens.

 
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Choose Your Extreme Ecosystem

8th Grade Science » Unit: Factors That Drive Evolution
8th Grade Science » Unit: Factors That Drive Evolution
Lori Knasiak
Lake In The Hills, IL
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Before students can redesign humanity, they must gather information about the life that exists in their chosen extreme ecosystem.

 
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Evolution - A Ten-Day Project

7th Grade Science » Unit: Evolution
7th Grade Science » Unit: Evolution
Mariana Garcia Serrato
San Jose, CA
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Students take control of their own learning.

 
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pbl evolution
   

Genetic Drift lab

7th Grade Science » Unit: Evolution
7th Grade Science » Unit: Evolution
Mariana Garcia Serrato
San Jose, CA
Environment: Suburban
 
Big Idea:

Sometimes things happen just by chance.

 
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genetic drift
   

Exploring Predator and Prey Relationships

7th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
7th Grade Science » Unit: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
John Cerezo
Los Angeles, CA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students explore predator and prey relationships in ecosystems.

 
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lynx
   

Adaptation and Evolution of Populations: The Case of the Peppered Moth

7th Grade Science » Unit: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
7th Grade Science » Unit: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
John Cerezo
Los Angeles, CA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Explain how natural selection causes populations to change.

 
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peppered moth
   

Genetic Variation and Natural Selection

7th Grade Science » Unit: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
7th Grade Science » Unit: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
John Cerezo
Los Angeles, CA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Impact of Genetic Variation on natural selection

 
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bird origami
   

Natural Selection - Survival of the Fittest

7th Grade Science » Unit: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
7th Grade Science » Unit: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
John Cerezo
Los Angeles, CA
Environment: Urban
 
Big Idea:

Students explore the process of natural selection.

 
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