MS-LS4-2: Anatomical Evidence of Evolutionary Relationships

Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships.

Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on explanations of the evolutionary relationships among organisms in terms of similarity or differences of the gross appearance of anatomical structures.

Assessment Boundary: none




Assessments


Phenomena

 

Anchor Charts


Video


Vocabulary

Organisms
Fossils
Anatomical structures
 - Similarities
 - Differences
Modern organisms  (e.g. skulls of modern crocodiles, skeletons of birds)
Fossil organisms (e.g. skulls of fossilized crocodiles, fossilized dinosaurs)
Evolutionary relationship
Patterns

Apply scientific ideas to construct an explanation for the anatomical similarities and differences among modern organisms and between modern and fossil organisms to infer evolutionary relationships. (Patterns)


Resources


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