Natural Selection

This Natural Selection activity & project also includes:

Are you the predator or the prey? Student groups participate in an activity to demonstrate the process of natural selection in a contained environment. After scholars complete the activity and questions, they apply their knowledge to a new situation and determine the selection process in place.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Extend the learning opportunity by holding a debate covering the topic of natural selection versus scientific selection 
  • Cross-curricular connection to language arts and/or the debate team allows for team teaching
Classroom Considerations

  • The lesson works well in a flipped classroom doing only the experiment in class
  • In a gifted class, be sure to emphasize picking up the most obvious prey squares quickly so they don't try to alter the data intentionally
  • This is the third resource in a series of five lessons
Pros

  • Includes scientific definition of theory
  • Materials are readily available
Cons

  • Document permissions do not allow for printing