Natural Selection

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This Unit is on Natural Selection and Survival of the Fittest. Students will learn about adaptive radiation, trait advantage, speciation, and more. This resource includes a graphing activity on natural selection and reading passages on Darwin and The Theory of Natural Selection. This huge resource has everything you need to teach Natural Selection and Trait advantages. 

This resource includes:

Lesson Plans

Reading Passages

Graphing activities

Strategic Notetaking Guide

CER Page

Follow-up Pages

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Aligned with these standards:

NGSS MS-LS4-6. Use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time.  [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on using mathematical models, probability statements, and proportional reasoning to support explanations of trends in changes to populations over time.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include Hardy Weinberg calculations.] 

NGSS MS-LS4-4. Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on using simple probability statements and proportional reasoning to construct explanations

Utah SEEd Standard 7.5.1

Construct an explanation that describes how the genetic variation of traits in a population can affect some individuals' probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment. Over time, specific traits may increase or decrease in populations. Emphasize the use of proportional reasoning to support explanations of trends in changes to populations over time. Examples could include camouflage, a variation of body shape, speed and agility, or drought tolerance. (LS4.B, LS4.C)

This resource is intended to be a printable unit. If you are looking for an online unit, see Natural Selection Google Unit

You may also like this companion piece, Selective Breeding

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NGSSMS-LS4-6
Use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time. Emphasis is on using mathematical models, probability statements, and proportional reasoning to support explanations of trends in changes to populations over time. Assessment does not include Hardy Weinberg calculations.
NGSSMS-LS4-4
Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment. Emphasis is on using simple probability statements and proportional reasoning to construct explanations.

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