NGSS Aligned Resources for HS-LS4-5.
Evaluate the evidence supporting claims that changes in environmental conditions may result in: (1) increases in the number of individuals of some species, (2) the emergence of new species over time, and (3) the extinction of other species.
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The Effect of Natural Selection on Genes, Traits and Individuals
9th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Rotating through five stations, evolutionary biologists explore the question of how changes in DNA facilitate the changes in a population over time. High-quality, colorful cards of animals, skeletons, skulls, and DNA sequences can all be...
How Novel Icefish Genes Can Improve Health
7th - 12th CCSS: Designed
Designed to accompany the 13-minute video The Making of the Fittest: The Birth and Death of Genes, this handout serves as both a viewing guide during the video and an analysis of how the adaptations of the icefish might help treat some...
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...
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...
Farming the Desert: The Science Behind Desertification
6th - 10th CCSS: Designed
Learn the implications of extreme climate changes on ecosystems. Young earth scientists explore the desertification of areas in West Africa and consider implemented solutions. Their study includes analysis of climate data from the area...