Phylogenetic Tree Activity

Grade Levels
9th - 10th
Resource Type
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14 pages
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In this station activity, students will pretend to be evolutionary biologists analyzing evidence collected by a team of paleontologists about seven recently discovered extinct species. They will move around the classroom reading cards about the different extinct species and organizing evidence from their research into a table. This data will then be used to construct a phylogenetic tree that predicts the evolutionary history of the different species. Finally, students will answer five analysis questions using claim-evidence-reasoning (CER) statements to reflect on the activity. This resource is an excellent opportunity to practice creating and analyzing phylogenetic trees in a fun way!

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What is included?

  • 2 pages of teacher implementation notes, including suggestions for accommodating higher and lower level students (PDF)
  • 2 pages of student handouts (PDF)
  • 2 pages of student handouts for honors students (PDF)
  • 7 station cards (PDF)
  • Answer key (PDF)

How can I use this?

  • Real world application to reinforce concepts of phylogeny
  • Fun practice or review of phylogenetic trees prior to an exam or state EOC exam
  • Engaging and meaningful sub plan

Why should I use this product in my classroom?

I LOVE using this resource in my classroom because it is a fun way to get students out of their seats and practice analyzing data, creating a phylogenetic tree, and writing CER statements when answering reflective questions.

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Total Pages
14 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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