Genetic Drift Teacher Resources
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Students compare, discuss, and describe the process of selective breeding and pros and cons to doing it. In this investigative lesson students discuss the possible future impact of genetically modified foods.
High schoolers estimate geographic position based on speed and air travel. In GPS lesson students use GPS to estimate the set and drift of currents.
Twelfth graders examine their activities and discuss how they impact the environment. In groups, they research the organic food movement and discuss how it changed the type of foods eaten. To end the lesson plan, they examine the impact of genetic engineering on wildlife and soil.
Seventh graders model radioactive decay using pennies, collect data from their model, apply scientific visualization techniques to their data and create animated models explaining the concept of radioactive half-life.
A well-written lesson plan, second in a series of four, gets high schoolers exploring how the Antarctic food web is impacted by climate change and the associated melting of polar ice sheets. It begins with a PowerPoint presentation about the polar ecosystem. Small groups use beads and game cards to model how decreasing sea ice impacts the food web. To close, a class discussion ensues about ocean acidification and what pupils learned from the activity. Be sure to consider using the entire unit in your environmental studies course.
As the great and hilarious Tim Minchin once said, "Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organizing our curiosity." Science is more than just a guess; it is based on questions, observations, and evidence. High schoolers begin the lesson by developing their own questions about evolution, then visit a large assortment of websites to see what evidence is out there to support any answers to the questions. Some may find that there aren't answers to their questions; this is all part of science.
High school biologists try to determine if the red wolf is a purebred species or a hybrid of coyote and gray wolf by examining the DNA fingerprints of all three. Twenty-one pages of material are provided here, including student worksheets and a plethora of extension ideas. This is a well-written and comprehensive lesson plan that explores natural selection, conflicting scientific data, and the investigative process.
Students explain the concept of gene sequence analysis. For this gene lesson, students draw inferences about phylogenetic similarities of different organisms.
Students examine how natural selection creates antibiotic-resistant bacteria, recognize applications of evolutionary principles for medicine, agriculture, and conservation, and discuss how science contributes to decisions in context of society.
Learners demonstrate how organisms adapt to their environment. They examine prey and predators, natural selection, and adaptations by representing oyster morph.
Using origami paper birds, your biology class will experiment with mutations and natural selection to determine wing position, length, and width. It would be helpful to provide a worksheet to go with the activity that includes a procedure for creating the birds and for the natural selection exercise. Use this memorable simulation to enhance your evolution curriculum.
A colorful wedge of Earth, map of tectonic plates, and numbered facts about Earth structure fill the first two pages of this resource. After reading and absorbing the information, geologists get into groups and make clay models to demonstrate faulting and folding of Earth's crust. A second activity is also included in which individuals research Pangaea, Laurasia, and Gondwana. Plenty of background information and a grading rubric are included to support you with these assignments.
Students explore the structure of the DNA molecule and begin to explain how chromosomes, genes, and the base pairs, sugars, and phosphates of the DNA molecule are related.
Students examine mechanisms behind biological evolution and the theories that feed it, and are able to demonstrate their knowledge of these theories in a story.
The concept approached in this PowerPoint is the overall frequency of genetic factors in a population. The Hardy Weinberg Theorum is explained. Examples are given using alleles and genotypes of wildflower color to illustrate the numbers. Other examples are used to explain genetic drift and geographical variation and selection.
Students trace the history of evolution. In this biology lesson, students review evidence that supports the evolution theory. They give examples of different agents of evolutionary change.
Students identify the different types of fractals. In this geometry lesson, students use math to analyze different biological phenomena. They collect data from the experiments and construct graphs.
In this biology word search learning exercise, learners search for 29 words that are located in a word bank at the bottom of the page. They find words such as chromosomes, alleles, DNA, and populations.
Students read an article by Niles Eldridge about species and the environment and break into small groups to discuss it. They write essays noting strengths and weaknesses of punctuated equilibrium and gradualism, or other topics listed.