In terms of life science content, evolution is essentially where genetics meets ecology. In this introduction to evolution, students will take on the role of both research biologists and predators to simulate how environmental conditions affect and change a population of model frogs and traits. Students will encounter the impacts of mutations and changes to the environment affecting the survival as well.
This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.
Natural Selection: Common Misconceptions reveals common pitfalls in the teaching of evolution through natural selection and suggests effective practices for identifying and addressing student misconceptions.
In this interactive lesson, students learn about the advantages and disadvantages of the two basic forms of reproduction. Students develop their literacy skills as they scientifically explore sexual and asexual reproduction. During this process, they read informational text, learn and practice vocabulary words (reproduction, offspring, traits, clone, genes, natural selection), and explore content through video and interactive activities.
Students explore their own heritable behaviors and watch videos of the birds-of-paradise practicing and performing courtship displays.