Population Variation

Tasmanian devils are scavengers who eat dead animals including the bones and fur. A video begins with cancer in Tasmanian devils to demonstrate the importance of genetic variation. Then examples such as the black-footed ferret and AIDS explain the impact on a population's genetic variability. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Introduce Tasmanian devils to learners before the presentation so they aren't picturing a cartoon
Classroom Considerations

  • Be aware that comments are open to the public on YouTube
  • Requires prior knowledge of populations and viruses
  • Video is the 16th in a series of 18
Pros

  • Includes two different review worksheets
  • Provides closed captioning, which benefits hearing impaired learners
  • Contains high-quality graphics to engage viewers and hold their attention
Cons

  • None
Common Core