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Seventh graders conclude how genes control a trait. In this data collecting instructional activity, 7th graders explore how traits controlled by multiple genes can affect how frequent the trait is present in a population. They will conduct a survey of phenotypes present in their classmates and use this data to draw conclusions about the variations in the population of their classmates.
Tenth graders discuss anomalies in nature and science. They discuss times that anomalies led to the collection of data that explained the phenomena and contributed to changing scientific understandings. Students work in groups to research different aspects of evolutionary theory.
In this evolution worksheet, learners will complete a table by writing in the era and biological event based on 4 different time periods of Earth's history. Students will answer 8 fill in the blank questions based on the different origin of life theories. The next 12 questions are based on factors that influence evolution. Finally, learners will answer 2 questions using taxonomic classification.
Eleventh graders watch a NASA film about the history of flight. They discuss a quotation by Sir Isaac Newton: "If I have seen further, it is because I have stood on the shoulders of giants." Students choose, or are assigned, the name of a person who contributed to flight research. They perform research about this person, finishing by drawing a picture of the character and constructing a narrative bubble that has the character talking about his or her contributions to flight.