Evolution is the study of how characteristics of a species change over time. Changes can happen slowly over many generations in response to environmental changes or quickly through selective breeding. This guide covers the important information students need to know, provides links to products and free digital resources, and includes suggestions for labs that reinforce student learning. We have gathered a variety of products and resources to help you teach this concept. They include:
- Classification and Taxonomy
- Natural Selection
- Artificial Selection
Classification and Taxonomy
Organisms were first classified by Aristotle based on their observable structures and characteristics. He is given credit for dividing organisms into two groups, plants and animals. Taxonomic relationships are visualized with cladograms setting the groundwork for evolutionary relationships. Today classification is more complex, and relationships between organisms are also based on shared DNA. These kits model the process of classification and cladogram construction.
Organisms adapt and change in response to changing environmental conditions. Organisms that are better able to survive, live longer and produce more offspring, increasing the frequency of the adaptive trait within the population. These kits help students model and explain that process.
Artificial selection, sometimes called selective breeding, is the intentional selection of breeding stock to increase the proportion of desirable traits in a population. Artificial selection is common in animals and plants and tends to be faster than natural selection. The kits below are inquiries into selective breeding in Wisconsin Fast Plants and brine shrimp.
Kits That Cover All Topics Above
Evolution Models and Manipulatives
Other Evolution Products
We offer a number of products that will help facilitate your evolution lessons.
Additional Evolution Support
We have free resources to help you teach this concept, including:
- Free Activities and Resources
- Helpful Buying Guides
Use these free resources to supplement your instruction about evolution.
- Introduce your students to Cladogram Construction.
- Observe extraterrestrial Natural Selection.
- Analyze data from Galapagos Ground Finch.
- Investigate Natural Selection with Wisconsin Fast Plants.
- Study Natural Selection in 50 minutes.
- Investigate about the Diversity of the Eye.
- Make a Scientific Claim.
- Learn about Turkeys and Their Domestication.
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