Grade Level

High School

Topics

Biology

Authors

Katherine Wu, Emily Berman

Lesson Summary

This lesson explores how scientists use data to draw inferences about evolutionary relationships and how humans engage in artificial selection, even without consciously meaning to! In this lesson, students will learn about dog domestication and a new study that provides insights and evidence into how and why domestic dogs and wolves have diverged.

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to: 

  • analyze data and observations to draw inferences about domestic dog evolution.
  • explain one theory for how dog domestication could have occurred. 

Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

SP4

MA Science and Technology/Engineering (2016):

HS-LS3-4(MA), HS-LS4-1

NGSS (2013):

HS-LS4-2

Common Core Math/Language Arts Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.7  

Tags

artificial selection, breed, domestication, mutation, natural selection, phenotypic plasticity, phylogenetic tree, speciation, whole genome sequencing

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