Genetic Drift Teacher Resources
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New! Human Evolution
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.
Scientists, Wolves, and the United States Government
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.
Young scholars explain the concept of gene sequence analysis. In this gene lesson plan, students draw inferences about phylogenetic similarities of different organisms.
Why Does Evolution Matter Now?
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.
How Does Evolution Work?
Students investigate how natural selection influences evolution. They complete a hands-on lab simulation of natural selection, and replicate a real experiment and examine the interplay between selection factors in a population of guppies.
Selection and Variation in the Egyptian Origami Bird
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.
Worksheet: The Movement of Tectonic Plates
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.
Molecular Evidence for Evolutionary Relationship
Learners investigate the relationship between humans and yeast. In this evolution lesson, students compare amino acids in a variety of life forms. Learners will watch films on similarities of the genetic code that structures an organism.
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.
AP: Chapter 20: DNA Technology
This nine-page biotechnology resource contains six pages of questions regarding DNA technology. Questions cover cloning, restriction enzymes, the polymerase chain reaction, different techniques, the human genome project, and more. The last three pages of this resource is an outline of what we have learned and what is yet to uncover about the human genome sequence. Since information was gathered in 2005, this portion may need updating. Otherwise, the questions are pertinent to your advanced biology course.
Mechanisms for Evolution
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.
Evolution Study Guide
Thirty short-answer questions comprise this detailed review of evolution theory. Many of the questions ask scholars to define vocabulary. Because short answers are required, this worksheet will take some time to complete. You could give it to your biology class to use as a review of concepts before a quiz.
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.
Math Morphing Proximate and Evolutionary Mechanisms
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.
Biology Word Search Puzzle
In this biology word search worksheet, students 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.
How Do New Species Form?
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.
Students define terms, and identify three ways in which plankton are adapted for life in the open ocean. In this ocean drift lesson students design a planktonic organism.
I Dream of Genome
High school learners identify chemical and structural properties of DNA and explain the differences between genotype and phenotype. They develop a scientific investigation to determine the ethnic heritage of a large group of people.
Critical Analysis of Evolution
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.
DNA and Protein Synthesis in the Cell
Students explore how DNA fits into chromosomes and how they relate to the human body. In this DNA instructional activity instructional activity students complete web activities that teach them about DNA replication and protein synthesis.