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BIOLOGY II :

Natural Selection & Evolution

Total Unit Running Time: 35-45* minutes

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FIELD TRIP: Invasive Species: Asian Carp 

Running Time: 8:22 

NGSS: HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-3 

Learn about this invasive species with VVR Host, Jim Kent. On this trip, students learn about the dangers invasive species pose to  native species and their ecosystems, as well as possible methods for containment and control.  For more information and facts about Asian Carp along the Mississippi Watershed, visit  NPS.gov/miss/learn/nature/ascarpover.htm

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INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCE : Whale Chronology Museum 

Running Time: Self-paced* 

Tour the evolution of the modern whale as it’s seen in various forms and stages over the millenia.  Encased in X-ray enabled museum cubicles, these 6 different whale forms show various anatomical  changes during different periods of Earth’s history. Students can visit each cubicle and examine  the whale parts, while learning about how adaptation likely sparked the change and evolution  its current form.

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JOURNEY: Environmentally Induced Evolution 

Running Time: Self-paced* 

NGSS: HS-LS4-5 

Topics Covered

Natural selection vs artificial selection, Darwin’s finches study in the Galapagos

Assessment Answer Key  & Critical Thinking Skills

  1. D (BT1–knowledge) 
  2. A (BT2–comprehension)
  3. B (BT1–knowledge) 
  4. C (BT1–knowledge)
  5. D (BT4–analysis)
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STORY: 4 Factors of Evolution 

Running Time: 10:22 

NGSS: HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-3, HS-LS4-4 

Topics Covered 

  • Concepts of microevolution and speciation
  • Evolution, mutation, natural selection, genetic drift, gene flow

Assessment Answer Key  & Critical Thinking Skills

  1. D (BT5–synthesis) 
  2. B (BT6–evaluation) 
  3. C (BT2–comprehension)
  4. D (BT3–application)
  5. A (BT2–comprehension)
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TEACHER DEMO : Blue Crab Evolution With Wendy 

Running Time: 10:18 

NGSS: HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-3, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5

Vocabulary: briny, estuary, molting 

Topics Covered 

  • Stenohaline vs. Euryhaline 
  • Behavioral & psychological adaptations

Assessment Answer Key  & Critical Thinking Skills 

  1. D (BT3–application)
  2. A (BT4–analysis) 
  3. D (BT2–comprehension)
  4. B (BT4–analysis) 
  5. D (BT2–comprehension) 

RELATED STEM CAREERS : Fish & Wildlife Manager, Environmental Engineering, Conservationist

Science Standards: 

NGSS: HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-3, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5; TEKS: 112.34(c.3.F), 112..34(c.6.E), 112..34(c.7.C), 112.34(c.7.D), 112.34(c.7.E), 112.34(c.7.F),  112.34(c.12.B), 112.37(c.3.E), 112.37(c.4.F) ; CPALMS: SC.912.L.15.3, SC.912.L.15.9, SC.912.L.15.13, SC.912.L.15.14, SC.912.L.15.15,  SC.912.L.17.1, SC.912.L.17.2, SC.912.L.17.3, SC.912.L.17.7, SC.912.L.17.8

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