Adaptations of Life Over Time - Grade 7 Science - Unit 4

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Science › Seventh Grade › Individual organisms with certain traits are more likely than others to survive and have offspring in specific environments
Science › Seventh Grade › Multiple lines of evidence show the evolution of organisms over geologic time

Enhanced and Updated - December 2015 - This updated instructional unit includes learning experiences, teacher and student resources, assessment ideas, and differentiation options. The storyboard document provides a roadmap of teaching activities and a possible performance assessment for the unit.

Inquiry Questions (Engaging- Debatable):

  • Is there strength in diversity? How does diversity impact species survival?
  • Why can we find evidence of life on top of mountains?
  • Why is the relationship between nature and nurture important for survival of a species?
  • How would the world be different if organisms did not change over time?

Concepts: change, evidence, time, extinction, traits, adaptation, interaction, survival, reproduction, environment, theory, biological evolution, diversity, organisms, differential survival, reproductive success, evolution, resistance, genetic traits, species