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Product 17177

By: The Flinn Staff

Just as an adaptation may improve an organism’s chance of survival, you can improve your students’ success with these four activities that explore the concept of adaptations!

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Just as an adaptation may improve an organism’s chance for survival, you can improve your students’ success with these four activities that explore the concept of adaptations!
• Students learn the advantages of having an opposable thumb by conducting various tasks without one.
• Depth perception is put to the test when students use only one eye.
• Students have fun seeing how concealing coloration gives one organism an advantage over others.
• One function of bird feathers is insulation. Students investigate how well feathers do their job.

The activity-stations format allows more labs to be completed in less time, with each activity designed to take 10–15 minutes.

Complete for 12 groups of students. Timers and thermometers are required and available separately.

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Analyzing and interpreting data
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Using mathematics and computational thinking
Constructing explanations and designing solutions
Obtaining, evaluation, and communicating information

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
MS-LS4.C: Adaptation
HS-LS4.B: Natural Selection
HS-LS4.C: Adaptation

Crosscutting Concepts

Patterns
Structure and function
Cause and effect
Scale, proportion, and quantity

Performance Expectations

MS-LS4-6: Use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time.
HS-LS4-2: Construct an explanation based on evidence that the process of evolution primarily results from four factors: (1) the potential for a species to increase in number, (2) the heritable genetic variation of individuals in a species due to mutation and sexual reproduction, (3) competition for limited resources, and (4) the proliferation of those organisms that are better able to survive and reproduce in the environment.
HS-LS4-3: Apply concepts of statistics and probability to support explanations that organisms with an advantageous heritable trait tend to increase in proportion to organisms lacking this trait.