NOVA Evolution Lab Lesson Plan

It doesn't matter if you look on land, in the air, underground, or in water—evolution is everywhere. Scholars complete worksheets with multiple question types as they progress through six online missions creating phylogenic trees. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have students complete the worksheets as they progress through each level rather than after
  • Add all new vocabulary to science journals
Classroom Considerations

  • Assumes prior knowledge of evolution, DNA, and fossils
  • The lab is part of a larger unit exploring evolution
Pros

  • Follows a 5E format
  • Includes both formative and summative assessments
  • Provides ideas for helping struggling learners
Cons

  • None