Four Factors of Evolution
1 Warm up
Teacher will pass out paper to each student in the class
Teacher will as the students to fold the paper hamburger style then hotdog style
Teacher will model how to number the boxes 1-4
Teacher will project a simple picture of a rabbit to the class and ask them to copy it on the first box within 1 minute
The teacher will randomly select one of the students rabbits without telling them why they were selected
The teacher will then have the students copy this rabbit in box 2
This is repeated until all 4 boxes are filled in then the teacher will show all 5 rabbits and ask the students to compare them
After the students share and discuss they will be told that the selection was random and the teacher will connect these changes to evolution through student discussion
Students will receive a blank sheet of white paper
Students will fold the sheet hamburger then hotdog style
Students will number the boxes 1-4
Students will copy the first rabbit on their paper
A students rabbit will be selected and the student will receive a new sheet of paper pre folded and numbered to work with
Students will copy the second rabbit in box 2
After all 4 boxes are done the students will compare the changes in the rabbits and discuss why they happened
2 Direct instruction
Teacher assigns google classroom assignment to students, they receive digital notes to follow along and fill in with direct instruction vocabulary, concepts, and check point questions.
The teacher will walk around while giving direct instruction to insure students are able to navigate the digital notes
Once the students have received direct instruction on the factors of evolution they will explore the factors on their own while creating digital posters, one for each factor.
Students registered in schoology receive google classroom assignment
Students open their chrome books and open the digital notes
Students follow along with the teacher as direct instruction is given
Along the way students fill in missing parts of the notes and use google dictionary to fill in missing vocabulary definitions
Students will arrive at question pages that they must discuss and answer on their copy, assigned through schoology and individual for each student, before being prompted to move on to the digital posters.
3 Guided Practice
Teacher will pull up videos of projects students have done from youtube that cover the four factors of evolution
Students will work in groups to design the first poster together, factor 1 the ability to increase in number
Before they work in a group the teacher will show them how to set up a page in google slides that is the size of an 8 1/2 by 11 sheet of paper
The teacher will model how to set up the heading and text
The teacher will show students a video on the four factors done by students and ask them to explain what was helpful in the video to understanding the 4 factors
The teacher will show them how to create the first poster using the information from the video shown
Students will then create the first poster with a group before working alone
The teacher will walk around assisting students while they work
Students will follow the teacher as they create a google slide document that is 8 1/2 by 11
Students will follow the teacher as they set up the page with the heading and text sections
Students will discuss what made the 4 factors easy to understand in the video shown
Students will share their ideas
Students will follow along creating the example poster with the teacher
Students will create a unique poster for factor 1 with a group
4 Independent practice
The teacher will instruct the students to complete the last 3 posters individually and uniquely
The teacher will direct the students to submit to schoology when done
The teacher will walk around and assist students while working
Students will work individually to create the last 3 posters
Students will submit to schoology when done
The teacher will instruct the students to go to the schoology discussion board for this activity
The teacher will read the discussion question to the class "what were the 4 factors of evolution and how did they effect a species chances to evolve"
The teacher will explain that they have 5 minutes to answer this question
The teacher will then instruct the students to read each others answers and comment on at least 2 other people post by either agreeing or disagreeing respectfully.
Students will access the discussion board for this activity
Students will answer the discussion question within the 5 minute time period
Next students will respond to at least 2 classmates posts by agreeing or disagreeing respectfully.
Key Standards Supported
Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
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.