Reflection: Lesson Planning Lego Cladograms - Section 1: Warm-up


When I originally planned this lesson, the warm-up had students compare and contrast cladograms and family trees using a Venn diagram.  What I found was that students were writing answers such as one is vertical and the other is horizontal and missing the larger connections in their effort to "fill in the diagram".  After rewording the prompt to having the students develop an explanation as to why we use family trees to help students understand cladograms, students naturally compared the two to develop their explanations.  This alteration made the discussion much more meaningful.  Don't be afraid to change things up if they are not working the way you intended.

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Lego Cladograms

Unit 6: Evidence of Common Ancestry
Lesson 4 of 12

Objective: SWBAT explain how species evolve from common ancestors.

Big Idea: Students create their own cladogram model that demonstrates how life evolves from a common ancestor.

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