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Evolution: Examining Fossil and DNA Evidence

Kit #903S
Evolution: Examining Fossil and DNA Evidence

In Activity 1, students investigate how fossil whales provide a line of evidence in support of the theory of evolution. Students then apply the theory of natural selection to whale evolution, using anatomical adaptations to infer the habitats, lifestyles, and evolutionary relationships of extinct species. In Activity 2, students examine classification from an evolutionary perspective. They compare DNA sequences from a number of vertebrates and create an evolution≠ary tree.

Details at a Glance

  • 2-3 Days | 2-3 ~50 minute class periods
  • 2 Activities
  • Accommodates unlimited classes, each with 12 groups of 2 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • All materials are non-consumable
  • Includes digital resources
  • Developed in partnership with SEPUP

Complete Kit Equipment Package

Evolution: Examining Fossil and DNA Evidence (Developed by SEPUP)

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Scientific Concepts

Disciplinary Core Ideas
•MS-LS4.A Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
•MS-ES1.C The History of Planet Earth
Science and Engineering Practices
•Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions
•Analyzing and Interpreting Data
•Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Crosscutting Concepts
•Connections to Nature of Science
Key Vocabulary: DNA, extinct, natural selection, evolution, law of superposition

Guides & Student Sheets

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  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 1 Teacher’s Guide
  • 28 Student Worksheets and Guides
  • 12 Sets of five Skeleton Cards
  • 12 Whale Fossil Charts
  • 12 Mysticetes Skeleton Cards
  • 12 Sets of five DNA Cards
  • 3 Transparencies

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