Evolution and Natural Selection

Topic #2: Evidence of Evolution

Learning Goal #19: I can analyze fossil and biological evidence to identify anatomical similarities and differences among organisms in order to infer evolutionary relationships.

Assessment: Activity: Whale Tales

Guiding Questions:

  1. What are fossils, and how can they be used as evidence of evolution?
  2. What is a vestigial structure, and how can it be used as evidence of evolution?
  3. What is a homologous structure, and how can it be used as evidence of evolution?
  4. What is embryology, and how can it be used as evidence of evolution?

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Topic #3: Natural Selection and Adaptation

Learning Goal # 20: I can use mathematical reasoning to explain how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time

Assessment: Activity: Bye Bye Birdie

Guiding Questions:

  1. What is natural selection, and how does it work?
  2. What is adaptation, and how does it affect a population?
  3. How might a genetic trait affect an organism’s chance of survival?
  4. How does the environment influence populations over time?

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