Natural Selection and the Evolution of Darwin’s Finches
In this activity, students develop arguments for the adaptation and natural selection of Darwin’s finches, based on evidence presented in the film The Beak of the Finch.
Students watch segments of the film and then engage in discussion, make predictions, create models, interpret graphs, and use multiple sources and types of evidence to develop arguments for the evolution of Darwin’s finches. The activity highlights two key NGSS science and engineering practices: engaging in argument from evidence using mathematical and computational thinking, and analyzing and interpreting data.
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Student Learning Targets
- Make claims and construct arguments using evidence from class discussion and from a short film on the evolution of the Galápagos finches.
- Use data to make predictions about the effects of natural selection in a finch population.
- Construct graphs to illustrate predicted results and compare them to actual results.
adaptation, evolution, mutation, natural selection, rationale, trait
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Accessibility Level (WCAG compliance)
HS-LS2-1, HS-LS3-3, HS-LS4-3, HS-LS4-5; SEP1, SEP4
AP Biology (2019)
EVO-1.C, EVO-1.D, EVO-1.E, EVO-1.H, EVO-1.J, EVO-1.O, EVO-3.A, SYI-3.D; SP2, SP3, SP4, SP6
IB Biology (2016)
5.1 5.4, C.1
AP Environmental Science (2020)
Topic(s): 2.6, 2.7
Learning Objectives & Practices: ERT-2.H, SP2, SP5
IB Environmental Systems and Societies (2017)
Common Core (2010)
Vision and Change (2009)
CC1, CC5; DP1, DP2