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Investigate the theories of human evolution. In this research based lesson, learners research and discuss how geographic isolation, interbreeding, generalization, and specialization are factors in the history of humans. Groups work together to present their research. Many links to resources, extension activities, and vocabulary are provided; however, the mentioned printable copies of activity sheets are not.
By counting differences in amino acids, biology stars examine the relationships between different primates. With information gleaned, they map out a phylogenic tree and discover common ancestry. You will need to create printable versions of the amino acid charts and blank phylogenic trees for your classes, but this is a well-planned resource that you can use in your AP Biology classes to help your learners explore evolutionary relationships.
Young scholars examine active chemicals that are in marine invertebrates and how they act to fight diseases. In this marine lesson students identify three pharmacologically-active chemicals, describe their disease fighting action and infer why sessile marine invertebrates appear to be a promising new source of drugs.
Students examine several maps of California exhibiting features such as precipitation, topography, and vegetation. They look for patterns that might be the source of or influence biodiversity in different regions. They pay particular attention to the endemic species of California.