MS-LS4-6: Adaptation of Populations over Time

Use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time. (Cause and Effect)

Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on using mathematical models, probability statements, and proportional reasoning to support explanations of trends in changes to populations over time.

Assessment Boundary: Assessment does not include Hardy Weinberg calculations.


Disciplinary Core Ideas
LS4.C: Adaptation

Crosscutting Concepts
Cause and Effect



Assessments

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Phenomena

 

Anchor Charts


Video


Vocabulary

Natural selection
Traits
Adaptation
Populations
Environmental conditions (e.g. climate, resource availability)
Cause and Effect


Learning Plans


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