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Evolution and Theory
Students discuss Darwin's theory of evolution. In this biology lesson, students investigate what influenced Darwin's thinking as it relates to Evolution. They discuss pros and cons of Natural Selection.
Evolution of Populations
In this evolution worksheet, students review the ideas expressed by Darwin, gene pools, genetic variation, single-gene and polygenic traits, and natural selection. This worksheet has 9 fill in the blank, 5 multiple choice, and 3 matching questions.
Island Biogeography and Evolution
High schoolers develop likely phylogenies for seven related populations of lizards living on the Canary Islands using real data. They organize charts, and record the data for geography, geology, morphology, and molecular genetics.
Investigating Our Past: Where Did Humans Come From?
Students brainstorm about evolution and explore the processes of evolution. In this investigative lesson students map out evolution and compare the two theories after researching them.
Birds of a Feather Flock to the Web
Learners define the term "evolution" and relate it to species adaptation, supporting their ideas with examples. They locate, correctly cite, and briefly review two Web sites with information on finches commonly found in their state or count
Shoreline Seining and Sampling
Learners investigate ecological systems and the cause and effect relationship between humans and the environment by using the prey items of Ospreys.
High schoolers 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.
Mechanisms of Evolution
In this evolution worksheet, students will answer questions about population genetics and the theory of evolution of species. This worksheet has 15 true or false, 6 fill in the blank, and 4 short answer questions.
Case of the Threespine Stickleback
Students examine why some freshwater populations of stickleback fish. In this macroevolution lesson students read a study packet then answer questions.
Comparison of Human and Chimpanzee Chromosomes
Students actively engage in the careful analysis of chromosome banding patterns and identify examples of inversion in homologous chromosomes.
Molecular Biology and Primate Phylogenics
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.
Dugongs and Elephants-Cousins?
Students read about and discuss the dugong's special adaptations to ocean life and they draw evolutionary trees showing dugongs and elephants. They finish by adding text to their trees describing dugong adaptations.
Woodworms: A Study of Natural Selection
Learners identify adaptations within a species and benefits of each, environmental factors affecting success of individuals within population, follow the success or failure of different phenotypes according to collected data, and graph collected data.
Students view a video that reviews Mendelian genetics. They discuss the Hardy-Weinberg Law and use Popsicle sticks to simulate genetic variations and ratios in offspring.
Perception is Not Always Reality
Students view various types of illusions. Using one of the illusions, they try to determine how a scientist might explain them. They discover a t-illusion and use their own words to analyze them. In groups, they research a different solution.
Summer: Getting the Bugs Out
Students study biodiversity while examining insects. They research insects that already exist and how they adapt to their environment.
Feeding in the Flow
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has developed a tremendous library of ocean-themed lessons that can be used in a variety of science settings. "Feeding in the Flow" is one of those activities; Its focus is on the 2006 Exploring Ancient Coral Gardens Expedition and the morphology of coral reefs. Your class examines related data on water flow and plankton capture by three different coral species. They graph the data and discuss what changes may impact results.
Twelfth graders consider the survival of prairie plants. They examine how some tallgrass prairie species are adapted to the conditions of their ecosystem. They make a prediction of how a species might change given new conditions.
Organizing Principles of Plants and Animals
Three lessons and five assessments are contained in this material. Various paper shapes are sorted as a simulation of biological classification. Learners gather a list of living things that they are familiar with and design a classification system for them. The third lesson in the series focuses on the outdated kingdom Monera. As long as you teach the more current name for the bacteria, the culturing and examination in this activity is applicable to the taxonomy theme.
Feeding in the Flow
Students analyze and discuss how water currents affect the food captured by particle feeders. Students brainstorm other environmental factors that might affect the growth of corals.