This no-prep product is all of the notes, labs, activities, practices, and tests you need to teach an evolution unit in your biology class. Content covered includes principles of natural selection, mechanisms of microevolution, Hardy-Weinberg principle (genetic equilibrium), patterns of evolution, evidence of evolution, and phylogeny. Links to video lectures are also included for each set of PowerPoint lecture notes. Everything is provided for two levels – CP and Honors. Because it is all-inclusive, it is especially perfect for new teachers, maternity leave, and flipped classrooms!
This is Unit 6 in my Biology Curriculum Full Year Bundle.
You can buy this unit for 20% off if you purchase as a part of my full year bundle.
What content is covered in this unit?
• Evolutionary theory pre-Darwin
• Principles of natural selection
• Modes of natural selection
• Mechanisms of microevolution: genetic drift, gene flow, and sexual selection
• Genetic Equilibrium and Hardy-Weinberg calculations
• Patterns of macroevolution
• Evidence of evolution from the fields of biogeography, biochemistry, anatomy, paleontology, and embryology
• Phylogeny, taxonomy, and phylogenetic trees
What is included?
encourage you to download the preview for this product. It is 18 pages and will give you the best idea of what all is included – because there is so much in this! In short:
• 21 pages of teacher implementation notes + editable unit plans
• Two packets (one 27-page for CP and one 38-page for Honors) that include:
• Unit outline with objectives and vocabulary terms for each concept covered for students to use to make their own study guides from
• Notes outlines for each of the three main concepts in Cornell Note format
• 15 pages of practice handouts
• Video Questions to accompany “Evolutionary Arms Race” video by PBS
• Adaptation Lab (CP only)
• Natural Selection Lab (Honors only)
• 8 fully animated PowerPoints of notes – over 100 slides – differentiated for CP and Honors
• Links to YouTube video lectures for each of the PowerPoint notes – perfect for absent students or flipped classrooms!
• Hardy-Weinberg equilibrium quiz with answer key + editable version
• 4 cumulative unit tests with multiple choice, open response, answer sheets, and detailed answer keys + editable versions to customize for your classroom.
What do you mean the tests are cumulative?
All tests I write are cumulative and include questions from topics I’ve previously taught on throughout the year, based on the order in which I teach them. Each unit test builds on the previous. This evolution unit is the 6th I teach in my biology class, after my Heredity Unit, Genetics Unit, Energy Flow Unit, Cells Unit,
and Biology Basics Unit.
All of the cumulative questions are at the end of the test, and I include editable versions of the tests so that you can easily take this section out, if you so desire.
What Next Generation Science Standards are covered?
HS-LS3-2. Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from: (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors.
HS-LS4-1. Communicate scientific information that common ancestry and biological evolution are supported by multiple lines of empirical evidence.
HS-LS4-2. Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: (1) the potential for a species to increase in number, (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, (3) competition for limited resources, and (4) proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment.
HS-LS4-3. Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait.
HS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.
HS-LS4-5. Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.
Why use a “packet” instead of an interactive notebook?
I started creating packets for my students four years ago, and I love them so much more than interactive notebooks. While interactive notebooks are great resources, I have found the packet strategy to be a more appropriate tool for using in the secondary classroom setting. I love using the packet for many reasons.
1. I only have to make copies one time each unit instead of copying handouts every day. Even though it takes a while to copy the packets for each student, it saves so much time on the day to day. (Also the last two years I’ve recruited seniors to be my “Teacher’s Aide” and have trained them to copy all of my packets for me. I haven’t seen a copier in two years and it’s glorious)
2. It puts responsibility back on the students to maintain their biology binder with their packet, while also aiding them in practicing organization skills. It has been incredibly effective for my lower level students. Even though it is a lot of papers at once, I can watch them put it in their binder and leave it there, rather than having to hang on to 100 individual papers passed out each day.
3. It makes it so easy to be absent last minute. If you or your child gets sick, sub plans are a breeze. You don’t have to send your teacher neighbor to make copies for you – because your students have everything they need. You just have to tell the sub which pages the students need to work on.
4. The structure is more suited to what students will be doing in college – and one of our goals as high school teachers should be to prepare our students for college. The packet helps students learn how to structure notes (I give students Cornell-style note outlines for each concept) which I have found helps provide scaffolding for them to be able to write notes all on their own in later high school years.
5. Time saver in so many ways – no more time wasted regularly passing out handouts, or having to cut and paste things into a notebook.
6. Students do a better job keeping up with returned graded work because every page is numbered so they can put graded assignments right back into the packet where it came from.
7. You no longer need a filing cabinet – you can keep all of your curriculum and keys organized in binders!
What types of files are included?
When you download this product you will receive a zip file with 5 folders of files. Most of the documents in this product are secured PDF’s, meaning you can print them but not copy or edit the text. Editable versions are only included for the unit plans, quizzes, tests and some aspects of the activities for you to customize for your classroom. The PowerPoint lecture notes also have editable text. This is to protect the copyright and intellectual property of my own work, plus the work of many dedicated clip artists that are included in this product. If you have questions about this, please don’t hesitate to email me with them!
Why should I use this product in my classroom?
Designing curriculum for an entire unit that is engaging, activity-based, and standard-aligned can be exhausting. I’ve spent over 4 years creating this curriculum and have had amazing results. I had a 96% pass rate on the State standardized End-of-Course exam for Non-Honors students and a 100% pass rate for honors students. This was at a South Carolina Public School with over 50% of the students being below the poverty line. My average score on the EOC (all 200+ students combined that I taught over 2 years) was a 90%. I believe this success is due to multiple factors, but I attribute a lot of it to the packet curriculum I have designed, and the fact that all of my tests are cumulative. Honestly, I could go on and on about the packet as a resource and why I love it so much, but I think you will find as you use it that you will fall in love with it too. Last but not least, this product comes with links to video lectures for each set of notes. This resource + all of the detailed lesson plans makes this product perfect for teachers new to this subject, going on maternity leave for a long-term sub, or using a flipped classroom strategy.
Want this for a different unit?
I have made this product for every high school biology unit. You can also buy this product for:
• Biology Basics Unit
• Cells Unit
• Energy Flow Unit
• Genetics Unit
• Heredity Unit
• Ecology Unit
Or get all of the units at a 20% discount if you by the full year curriculum!
• Biology Curriculum Full Year Bundle.
Looking for complementary resources?
My daily bell ringers and test review games are not included in this bundle, but you can find them for this unit by clicking below!
• Evolution Daily Bell Ringers or Exit Slips
• Evolution Vocabulary Review Game
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