Grade Level

High School

Topics

Biology

Authors

Kari Taylor-Burt, James Freyermuth

Lesson Summary

Anolis alutaceus

The purpose of this activity is to reinforce the concepts of evolution by means of natural selection. Students will explore the evidence used to determine evolutionary relationships. They will recognize how similar selective pressures can result in similar phenotypes and adaptive strategies and how species differentiate due to resource partitioning and competition when
pioneering a new environment.

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

  • Model evolutionary relationships among species based data and revise the model based on additional information.
  • Determine the reliability of different forms of data and draw phylogenetic trees based upon these data.

Standards

Science and Engineering Practices:

SP2, SP4, SP6, SP7

MA Science and Technology/Engineering (2016):

HS-LS4-1

NGSS (2013):

HS-LS4-1, HS-LS4-4

Common Core Math/Language Arts Standards:

 

Tags

Anolis, adaptive radiation, convergent evolution, divergent evolution, ecomorph, natural selection, niche, phenotype, phylogeny

Educator SoundBites

“I loved using this lesson. It wove together a lot of the things we have been talking about in the unit, giving my students the opportunity to apply a lot of different concepts at once. It made a nice break from the cookbook labs."
Nuria Sanchez-Morgan, Notre Dame Academy in Hingham, MA

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