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Natural Selection Middle School Science Unit: NGSS MS-LS4-6 & MS-LS4-4

Do you need a little help covering natural selection & survival of the fittest in your middle school science class?

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

This is a large unit with a variety of activities!

It includes lesson plans, reading passages, a PowerPoint presentation with strategic note taking guide, graphing activities, CER page, follow up pages, a quiz, and answer keys for everything.

Students will learn about adaptive radiation, trait advantage, speciation, and more.

This resource includes a graphing activity on natural selection and reading passages on Darwin and The Theory of Natural Selection.

This huge resource has everything you need to teach Natural Selection and Trait advantages. 

An excellent resource on genetic variations and natural selection. My students were really able to see how natural selection works and they loved learning about the peppered moth and rock pocket mice.

Thomas W.

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.

Wow! The students were really interested in this topic and the resource Is easy to use. Well organized and full of interesting activities. Great job.

Austin W.

A standards-aligned resource to help you cover NGSS MS-LS4-6, MS-LS4-4, and Utah SEEd 7.5.1.

Rest assured that you will cover everything that is required in the standards!

NGSS MS-LS4-6: Use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time.  [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.] 

NGSS MS-LS4-4: Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment. [Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on using simple probability statements and proportional reasoning to construct explanations

Utah SEEd 7.5.1: Construct an explanation that describes how the genetic variation of traits in a population can affect some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment. Over time, specific traits may increase or decrease in populations. Emphasize the use of proportional reasoning to support explanations of trends in changes to populations over time. Examples could include camouflage, a variation of body shape, speed and agility, or drought tolerance.

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