Evidence for Evolution Station Lab: NGSS Aligned

Evidence for Evolution Station Lab: NGSS Aligned
Evidence for Evolution Station Lab: NGSS Aligned
Evidence for Evolution Station Lab: NGSS Aligned
Evidence for Evolution Station Lab: NGSS Aligned
Evidence for Evolution Station Lab: NGSS Aligned
Evidence for Evolution Station Lab: NGSS Aligned
Evidence for Evolution Station Lab: NGSS Aligned
Evidence for Evolution Station Lab: NGSS Aligned
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This station lab is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Students examine six lines of evidence for evolution (Fossils, DNA evidence, Embryology, homology, vestigial structures, and Divergent/convergent evolution) at different stations. Students can start at any of the stations, which are designed for students to work through as a group.

I made the download a .zip file, which contains an editable word doc, and answer key word doc file.

"Evolution Unit Bundle" includes everything you need to teach a unit on Evolution, and its NGSS aligned.

Get it here: Evolution Unit Bundle

"Speciation Activity" teachings students about several types of speciation, which has students model speciation in a frog population that is divided by a mountain range.

Get it here: Speciation Activty

"Hacking Cladograms" is a student-centered activity that walks students through how to interpret, and create a cladogram.

Get it here: Hacking Cladograms

"Antibiotic Resistance Lab" models the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Students then simulate the evolution of a “superbug” infection

Get it here: Antibiotic Resistance Lab

"Thinking Like Darwin" is a a good intro activity when teaching evolution, requiring students to make connections, and draw generalizations, about organisms that live in three different locations in the world.

Get it here: Thinking Like Darwin

The entire lab can be done with these basic materials:

String and ruler

These additional materials are not necessary, but enhance the students' experience:

ancient hominid skulls (human skull, ancient hominid skull(s), human skeleton, animal skeletons).

Time Frame: This lab often takes two full classes. It can take longer, depending upon how you approach it.

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You students might enjoy simulating a United Nations Panel on Trophy hunting. It requires them to use higher-order thinking and role-playing

Get it here: Simulating a UN Panel on Trophy Hunting

You students might enjoy this NGSS/STEM project: testing different mixtures for use as a Biological Armor. It uses household materials

Get it here: Designing a Bio Armor

DCI’s: LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion and Quantity, Structure and Function, Stability and Change

Scientific and Engineering Practices:
Analyzing and Interpreting data, Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions, Engaging in Arguments from evidence, Using Mathematical Thinking, Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information


Prior Knowledge: This can be used as an introduction to evolution, but more often I use it after I've taught how evolution by natural selection works, so that students may use the concepts they learned to write well-developed responses.

Materials and Setup: See above for materials, and optional materials. The other materials are included in the bottom of the lab. There is some basic cutting out, and stapling/gluing paper flaps onto paper, which is described simply, and included in the download. The materials are reusable, and after the initial cutting and gluing, the setup takes about 10-15 minutes.

Implementing the Lesson:

Since this station lab is designed for students to work through as an autonomous group, there isn't much detail in implementing the lesson. I recommend reading through the answers so that, as you circulate the room while students work, you may guide them in the right direction.

I usually supplement this lab with some formal notes/more examples after the lab is done.

My students enjoy this activity. If yours liked it, there are more like this at my TpT store:


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Total Pages
37 pages
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Teaching Duration
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