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Students study the basic processes by which cells divide and transfer their genetic information. They recognize and distinguish possible inherited traits and through the discovery method of the facts and principles of inheritance.  this comprehensive lesson contains a lot of information and teacher resource content
Students design, build, draw, or bake a creature of their choice and present to the class. They write a paper including the creature's habitat, method of getting energy, their creature as a producer or consumer, predator or prey species and where it is on the food pyramid.
Tenth graders explain why certain species become extinct. In this life science instructional activity, 10th graders simulate natural selection through a group activity on whitefish natural selection. They discuss how certain organisms survive and others don't. KWL chart is completed after the instructional activity.
Explore the concept of evolution and cell biology; your class can work in groups to use the internet to view websites on evolution, take a quiz, and complete a lab activity.
Learners explore the meanings of natural selection and sexual selection. They discover the role that genetic variation, adaptation, and sexual selection play in natural selection.
Students compare, discuss, and describe the process of selective breeding and pros and cons to doing it.  In this investigative instructional activity students discuss the possible future impact of genetically modified foods.
Students estimate geographic position based on speed and air travel.  In GPS lesson plan students use GPS to estimate the set and drift of currents. 
Students contrast organisms and explore the similarities between different organisms.  In this classification instructional activity students view a video on classification and genetic code. 
Students examine fossils in order to study humans and how humans evolved over time.  In this human evolution lesson students examine different genetic relationships between humans and other species.
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, 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. 
Students investigate cell growth. In this cell replication lesson, students investigate mitosis and uncontrolled cell division such as cancer. They analyze different point of view regarding human cloning.
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. In 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.
Students 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.

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