Natural Selection Activity: Genetic Diversity Reading NGSS MS-LS4-4

Natural Selection Activity:  Genetic Diversity Reading  NGSS MS-LS4-4
Natural Selection Activity:  Genetic Diversity Reading  NGSS MS-LS4-4
Natural Selection Activity:  Genetic Diversity Reading  NGSS MS-LS4-4
Natural Selection Activity:  Genetic Diversity Reading  NGSS MS-LS4-4
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Effective for evolution, reproduction, and ecosystem/ecology units!

This reading is targeted for a middle school level student, and aims to simplify the idea that even organisms that look alike are actually genetically different. Many teachers find this a difficult concept for middle-schoolers, so we brought the ideas of diversity within a species and the importance of genetic diversity down to a pretty basic understanding.

After the students have read the article, have them make a T-chart in their notebook. One side of the T-chart will be for “Differences Within Individuals of this Species” and the other side will be for “How This Could Help This Species As A Whole Survive?”. Students pick an organism of their choice and complete the T-chart. Class discussion should focus on how every species has variation within individuals, and this helps the population as a whole when there are changes or pressures within the environment.

THIS DOCUMENT IS A 2 PAGE READING ALONE - no T-chart provided.

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