Students can read this “Survival of the Sneakiest” cartoon and answer the questions that follow it (doc).
“The Mating Game” is an online interactive game that shows how the selection of mates influences evolution.
The “Evolution Lab” is an online natural selection simulation. It works well with students working independently at computers or using a projector to show it to the class. Here is a worksheet to go with the simulation.
In “The Evolution Game” you’re a small primate in the Eocene forests of 50 million years ago, but the world is changing.
Have students do the “Evolution” wordsearch puzzle (doc). Here’s the solution (doc).
Gerald Skoog of Texas Tech University developed this “Solving the Puzzle” (doc) activity. Darwin formulated his theory of evolution by observing nature and analyzing evidence—or using the scientific process. In this activity, student teams use evidence (jigsaw puzzle pieces) revealed over time to gain knowledge of the nature of science and its limitations.
Judith S. Nuño contributed this “Evolution WebLabs” (doc) activity where students visit various tutorials on the web, write short commentaries about them, and rate them.
Do Mrs. Rebello’s “Natural Selection in Goldfish” (doc) lab using Pepperidge Farm’s cheddar and pizza flavored “Goldfish.”
In the “Battle of the Beaks” students learn about adaptive advantage, based on beak function, by simulating birds competing for various foods.
In “Creating Coacervates” students mix a carbohydrate solution with a protein solution, adjust the pH, and view coacervates: amoeba-like objects, which change shape, flow, merge, divide, form “vacuoles”, release “vacuole contents”, and show other life-like properties.
If you are a member of NSTA, you can access “The Discovery of Jelly bellicus,” (pdf) an activity that uses jelly beans to explore natural selection.
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