NGSS Aligned Resources for MS-LS4-2.
Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.
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Got Lactase? The Co-Evolution of Genes and Culture
8th - 12th
Does the human body evolve as quickly as human culture? With a stellar 15-minute video, explore the trait of lactose intolerance. Only about 1/3 of human adults seem to still have the enzyme lactase and therefore, the ability to digest...
13 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewDuring the Cambrian period, almost every major life form appeared on Earth for the first time. Scientists offer multiple theories about the sudden explosion of life and diversity during this period. The Shape of Life series focuses on...
Explore Your Inner Animals
6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
New ReviewHuman bodies prove evolution thanks to our genes, bones, and more. Learning about specific body parts and how they evolved from other species helps individuals better understand the transition species that helped us become who we are today.
Human Skin Color: Evidence for Selection
10th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Skin color is controlled by at least six genes. Young scientists learn about skin colors through a documentary. They discuss the topics of pigment, natural selection, and vitamin D absorption. They apply their knowledge to higher order...
Anole Lizards: An Example of Speciation
3 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
What happens to a species when members become separated by changes in their environment? Present young biologists with the ultimate example species—the anole lizard. A brief video describes the origins of the multitude of anole species...
Biogeography: Where Life Lives
2 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Biogeography is the study of the geographical distribution of plants and animals. NOVA's Evolution Lab explains how organisms on different continents can be so closely related. The resource discusses the processes that bring life from...
Comparative Anatomy of the Domestic Chicken
6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Are chickens and crocodiles really related? Young scientists compare the bone structure of current domestic chickens to other animals throughout evolution. This helps them understand the branches that separate crocodiles and birds as...
LS4A - Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
6 mins 3rd - 12th
Need help putting together an uncommonly good unit about common ancestry? Check out a video that covers NGSS standard LS4A, Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity. Topics include ways to convey similarities and differences between...
How We Think Complex Cells Evolved
6 mins 7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Being able to absorb the abilities of other life forms may seem like something taken from a superhero movie, but sometimes reality is stranger than fiction. Join the narrator as he takes viewers back billions of years to investigate how...
Why Are Some People Left-Handed?
5 mins 7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Despite what some may think, being right- or left-handed isn't a conscious choice people make. Watch this short video to find out exactly what determines a person's dominant hand, and how the cooperative and competitive nature of humans...
The Coelacanth: A Living Fossil of a Fish
4 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
It was just another day of fishing at the local pier when a man unknowingly reeled in a fish thought to be extinct for 65 million years. This short video explains how scientists were surprised to discover that this 360 million year old...
Animal Classification: A Collaborative Sorting Activity for Key Stages 2 & 3
4th - 8th CCSS: Adaptable
Introduce the logic behind a dichotomous key or administer a group performance assessment with a fun and challenging classification lesson. With explicit instructions for the teacher and for collaborative groups, as well as engaging...