NGSS Aligned Resources for HS-LS4-3.
Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait.
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The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes
9th - Higher Ed
Adaptations must be made as environments change. This fabulous presentation features Icelandic icefish, a transparent, scaleless specimen that even has colorless blood. Genetics and adaptations concepts are explored as scientists study...
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...
Plankton to Penguins: Antarctic Food Web
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
A well-written lesson plan, second in a series of four, gets high schoolers exploring how the Antarctic food web is impacted by climate change and the associated melting of polar ice sheets. It begins with a PowerPoint presentation about...
Allele and Phenotype Frequencies in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations
9th - 12th CCSS: Designed
In the deserts of Arizona and New Mexico, some tiny creatures show just how quickly natural selection can turn a mutation into an advantageous adaptation. Watch a video about rock pocket mice, who show that one small change can make all...
The Making of the Fittest: Got Lactase? The Co-evolution of Genes and Culture
15 mins 8th - Higher Ed CCSS: Designed
Got milk? Only two cultures have had it long enough to develop the tolerance of lactose as an adult. Learn how the responsible genes evolved along with the cultures that have been consuming milk. This rich film is supplied with a few...
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...
Where Do Genes Come From?
4 mins 7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
No, you didn't get your genes from the local clothing store. Learn where they really come from by watching this video as it explores how the genes found in all plants and animals today have arisen over billions of years of mutations from...
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...
Population Genetics: When Darwin Met Mendel
11 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Learners explore population genetics, or how populations of species change over time, leading to evolution with a video that brings together the principles of Mendel and Darwin and explains and models the Hardy-Weinberg equation.
Frozen Fish? Unique Adaptations of Antarctic Fish
9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Some fish contain proteins that act like antifreeze in order for them to live in the frigid waters of Antarctica! High schoolers determine how much antifreeze a fish needs to lower its body temp to -2.5 degrees. Teachers act as a...
8 Creepy Animals That Are Actually Harmless
9 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Did you know there's a lizard that shoots blood out of its eyes? This video explores animals whose appearance or behavior is frightening. Despite this, scholars see these characteristics are actually essentially harmless adaptations that...
Natural Selection: Of Seasons and Species
6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Do predators look for different things in different seasons? The quick interactive shows how some species survive longer in one season than another based on the conditions. The challenge questions encourage pupils to demonstrate that...
Color Vision Genetics Evolution Simulation
7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
At one point, all mammals carried only two color receptors, but now most humans carry three. An informative presentation and hands-on activity demonstrate how this evolved through genetics. By participating in the activity, pupils...