Hacking Cladograms Activity - NGSS

Hacking Cladograms Activity - NGSS
Hacking Cladograms Activity - NGSS
Hacking Cladograms Activity - NGSS
Hacking Cladograms Activity - NGSS
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In this NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) aligned activity, students (Part 1:) Read about family trees, and relate family trees to cladograms (Part 2:) Learn to interpret cladograms, walking through examples, and then (Part 3:) create their own cladogram using structural data from six hypothetical creatures. The activity is designed so that students can autonomously work through it with facilitation by the teacher.

Time Frame: Depending on the length of your classes, this activity can range from one class /finish for homework to more than one class.

Details Below:

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

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"Evidence for Evolution: Stations Lab" explores six lines of evidence that support evolution by natural selection. Each line of evidence is its own station, and students use inquiry to complete the lab.

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

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"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.

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"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.

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

Cross Cutting Concepts: Patterns, Cause and Effect, Scale, Proportion, and Quantity, Systems and System Models, Stability and Change

Scientific and Engineering Practices:

Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Developing and Using Models, Constructing Explanations, Using Mathematical and Computational Thinking


Prior Knowledge: Students do not need to have any specific prior knowledge to complete this activity. However, a general knowledge of evolution by natural selection is helpful

Materials and Setup: All that students will need is this packet, and a glue stick.

Implementing the Lesson:

1. Although it is helpful for students to have a general understanding of evolution by natural selection, implementing the lesson is easy: the packet is designed as a student-centered, walk-through activity. That means that the teacher’s role is that of facilitator/clarifier, as student work individually, or in small groups.

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Teaching Duration
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