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Evolution via Natural Selection


This unit introduces the theory of evolution taking into consideration the sensitive nature of this topic for some students. Students are given ample opportunity to share their preconceptions before diving into the scientific evidence for evolution. Students are able to use simulations to experience survival of the fittest and draw conclusions based on what they experience. Students also are challenged to reflect on truths vs. misconceptions related to this theory. Reflection throughout this entire unit will be the key to students processing the material.

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I can name the 2 major mechanisms for genetic variability.
I can predict how an organism’s traits affect its ability to survive in a given environment.
I can explain how geographic isolation separates gene pools and leads to evolution.
I can describe how the environment dictates which individuals survive and which individuals die.
I can explain how evolution acts on populations through survival of the fittest.
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Next Generation and Michigan Science
Next Generation and Michigan Science: