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Comparing Anatomy & Embryology – Middle School Science Unit for NGSS MS-LS4-2

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Need a little help covering anatomy and embryology in your middle school science class?

This complete unit will keep your class engaged and will save you tons of time and energy!

Students will compare anatomy and embryology to look for evolutionary relationships by examining homologous, analogous, and vestigial anatomical structures.

They will learn about comparative anatomy and examine structures that are similar and different in both modern and ancient organisms.

Your class will compare similarities in pictures of embryos and will learn how these structures support the theory of evolution.

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This is a complete unit with a variety of activities.

It includes an informative slideshow with strategic notetaking guide, two reading passages, follow-up pages, a quiz, and answer keys to everything!

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My students loved this unit and especially loved learning about vestigial structures! Haha they had a lively conversation regarding wisdom teeth and who had them and who didn’t. It was funny but they made great connections!

Thomas W.
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This is a standards-aligned unit!

Rest assured that when you use any of my units, you will cover everything that’s required in the standard!

NGSS MS-LS4-2: 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.

NGSS MS-LS4-3:  Analyze displays of data to identify linear and nonlinear relationships to compare patterns of similarities in the embryological development across multiple species to identify relationships not evident in the fully formed anatomy.

Utah SEEd 7.5.3: Construct explanations that describe the patterns of body structure similarities and differences between modern organisms, and between ancient and modern organisms, to infer possible evolutionary relationships. (LS4.A)

Utah SEEd 7.5.4: Analyze data to compare patterns in the embryological development across multiple species to identify similarities and differences not evident in the fully formed anatomy. (LS4.A)

Thank you for this fantastic unit! My students were really interested in the topic and loved comparing the anatomy of different species to see similarities. Great resource for this standard.

Peggy E.

This is an outstanding resource for middle school science. It is comprehensive with slide shows and lesson plans and reading passages and even a quiz. I am so impressed that I will be looking at your other middle school resources!

Ella W.

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