This reading and writing activity on natural selection introduces the student to concept of natural selection, genetic causes of variation, as well as specific examples of natural selection (peppered moth, antibiotic resistant bacteria and pesticide resistant insects). It also provides background on the black footed ferret including threats to its survival and how lack of variation increases its chances of being selected against. Many questions relating to the reading of varying difficulties and a moth graphing exercise are also part of this activity.
This activity has been correlated to the Common Core standards, the NGSS Standards, as well as the Living Environment Core curriculum performance indicators for evolution. An answer key is enclosed for this activity. The student activity and answer key are posted as pdf files within a zip file.