3-LS4-2: Variation, Survival, and Reproduction

Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. (Cause and Effect)

Clarification Statement: Examples of cause and effect relationships could be plants that have larger thorns than other plants may be less likely to be eaten by predators; and, animals that have better camouflage coloration than other animals may be more likely to survive and therefore more likely to leave offspring.

Assessment Boundary: none


Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS4.B: Natural Selection

Crosscutting Concepts
Cause and Effect



Assessments

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Vocabulary

Characteristics (e.g. plant thorns, animal camouflage)
Variation
Individuals
Species
Effect
 - Surviving
 - Finding mates
 - Reproduction

Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing. (Cause and Effect)


Learning Plans


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