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What is Natural Selection?
Examine exactly what is meant by natural selection, as well as how it works in nature and through the assistance of humans. Presented with fun graphics and simple narration, the complex topic of natural selection is clearly explained in eight minutes.
9 mins 6th - 12th Science 25 Views 25 Downloads
Evolution by Natural Selection
Introduce the topic of evolution and natural selection with visuals, vocabulary, and historical perspective. Budding biologists can examine the evidence on their own by going through the presentation, or the teacher can present to the whole class, stopping for discussion along the way.
9th - 12th Science 18 Views 18 Downloads
The Origin of Species: The Making of a Theory
The heartbreaking story of Alfred Wallace's loss of collected evidence opens this documentary about the development of the theory of evolution. You will find supportive resources to use with the movie in your biology class.
31 mins 6th - 12th Science 29 Views 21 Downloads
Introduction to Natural Selection: Darwin & Lamarck
Charles Darwin and Jean Baptiste Lamarck are credited for developing the theory of natural selection. After teaching your beginning biologists about acquired characteristics, they read the included selection and answer questions that follow.
6th - 9th Science 52 Views 39 Downloads
The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation
The pocket mouse can be light brown like the sands of the desert, or dark brown like the volcanic lava flows that are interspersed throughout New Mexico's Valley of Fire. It seems that predators have weeded out light colored mice in this volcanic landscape.
10 mins 8th - Higher Ed Science 19 Views 14 Downloads CCSS: Designed
What is Evolution?
Learn about the basics of the mechanism of evolution and the importance of natural selection, and examine evidence showing that we are seeing evolution playing out in every organism we encounter. In an engaging and easy-to-follow video, young scientists will gain a better understanding of Charles Darwin's ideas and hopefully walk away with a desire to know more.
9 mins 6th - 12th Science 26 Views 20 Downloads
Evolution by Natural Selection
A diagram, data table, and reading passage top this resource. Through it, biology beginners are introduced to the concept of natural selection. They answer some questions and then participate in a simulation using fabric as a habitat and different-colored craft pom poms as animals.
6th - 9th Science 123 Views 245 Downloads
Darwin’s Natural Selection Case Studies
This editable learning exercise is set up so that biology pupils read four case studies and identify points that are present in each, such as overproduction, heritable variation, struggle to survive, and differential reproduction. They also predict how each population is likely to change over time.
7th - 12th Science 11 Views 11 Downloads
Introduction to Evolution and Natural Selection
The evidence for natural selection is presented as a random variation of a characteristic allowing a particular strain of organism to survive with a higher probability of successful reproduction. Population change over a short period of time is detailed and examples of antibiotic or vaccine resistance are given.
18 mins 10th - 12th Science 22 Views 89 Downloads
Evolution vs. Natural Selection
Clear up the confusion between natural selection and evolution with this cartoon. A hand draws diagrams and scenery as a voice narrates. This little feature is ideal for introducing these two concepts to beginning biologists.
3 mins 6th - 9th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads
Worksheet: The Theory of Natural Selection
Here is yet another variation of the classic activity in which lab groups use different tools to imitate different bird beaks as a demonstration of one of the factors in natural selection. What makes this one unique is that it is on a brightly colored worksheet and is followed by an assignment to write a paragraph about the occurrence of natural selection.
7th - 12th Science 100 Views 143 Downloads
Natural Selection - The Mechanism of Evolution
A sufficient slide show on natural selection is available to use with your biology class. It introduces viewers to foundations of this mechanism of evolutionary change. Notes are provided to support your lecture on genetic variation and the three types of selection: directional, stabilizing, and disruptive.
9th - 12th Science 33 Views 78 Downloads
Introduction to Natural Selection
Students develop an understanding of natural selection, specifically, how it unfolds from generation to generation. They work in small groups to perform an experiment using beans. They use a worksheet imbedded in this plan to guide their research.
9th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts 20 Views 163 Downloads
It's Mr. Anderson, and he's ready to explain natural selection! Be excited, because he has the ability to make scientific biology and genetic functions in terms of natural selection make sense. With great examples and a clear and gentle manner, Mr.
10 mins 9th - 12th Science 3 Views 1 Download
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.
9th - 12th Science 12 Views 57 Downloads
Intelligent Design and Evolution
This video about a delicate, often controversial topic, does not argue for one area or another, but does talk about the random process versus design of an involved organ. The lecturer talks freely about how infinite complexity such as with the Mandelbrot set, is an example of the most "intelligent design" so far.
12 mins 10th - 12th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Evolution Primer #4: How Does Evolution Really Work?
Find out how evolution really works. This video explains the concept of adaptation and natural selection to describe how evolutionary change occurs. We'll find out that natural selection is comprised of four key components; each component is clearly described and demonstrated through concrete examples.
7 mins 9th - 12th Science 3 Views 0 Downloads
Natural Selection and the Owl Butterfly
The lecturer describes how certain characteristics develop. In this case, he discusses eye marking. The impact of environmental factors plays a huge role in the probability of successful reproduction and the fact that favorable genes will be passed on to repeat the same characteristic.
13 mins 10th - 12th Science 3 Views 33 Downloads
Natural Selection Made Easy
Clear up any confusion related to natural selection and evolution. This straight forward clip explains the differences between natural selection and evolution and sheds light on misconceptions Charles Darwin had about the process of adapted changes over time.
9 mins 7th - 12th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads