Opposable Thumb Adaptation Lab Activity

Opposable Thumb Adaptation Lab Activity
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I love this lab activity and so do my students. In this activity, students will use their opposable thumb as a way to see how some traits aid in survival. This lab relates to the theory of "natural selection." According to this theory, organisms with adaptations (traits that aid survival) have a better chance to survive and pass on their adaptations. An opposable thumb is an example of an adaptation that aids survival. In this lab activity, students are asked to perform various tasks as quickly as possible. Here is the catch. Some students must perform these tasks with their thumbs taped to the inside of their hand, while others must perform the same tasks with the use of their thumbs.

Materials that the teacher will need to provide:
Coins, Paper clips, Scissors, Tape, Timer (optional)

Materials that students can likely provide for themselves:
Shoe, Loose article of clothing, Cell phone, Coins

There are six files included in this download:
1, 2) Teacher Notes (Word and PDF)
3, 4) Student worksheet (Word and PDF)
5, 6) Teacher answer key (Word and PDF)

Key words:
Natural Selection
Survival of the fittest
Lab activity
Hands on
Group work
Total Pages
4 pages
Answer Key
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