The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation

Summary

The rock pocket mouse is a living example of Darwin’s process of natural selection.

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(Duration: 10 min 25 sec)
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Tips From Teachers

“I love the furry little 'rock stars' (rock pocket mice) in this film. After showing the 10-minute film, I have students create an infographic, a summary, or discussion board post so that I can assess their understanding of the content. In under 30 minutes, I can elicit students' understanding of the term 'adaptation,' reveal their misconceptions, get them excited, and level the playing field on their basic understanding of evolution. I use this in both my high school and college courses.” -- Melissa Csikari (Colonial Forge High School & Germanna Community College, VA)

Curriculum Connections:

  • AP Biology (2012-2013) - 19
  • NGSS (2013) LS - 12
  • IB Biology (2009) - 3
  • AP Environmental Science (2013) - 3
AP Biology (2012-2013)
1.A.1.a, 1.A.1.c, 1.A.1.d, 1.A.1.e, 1.A.2.a, 1.A.2.b, 1.A.2.c, 1.A.4.b, 1.C.3.a, 1.C.3.b, 3.C.1.a, 3.C.1.b, 3.C.1.d, 3.C.2.a, 4.B.1.a, 4.C.2.a, 4.C.2.b, 4.C.3.a, 4.C.3.b
NGSS (2013) LS
MS.LS2.A, MS.LS2.C, MS.LS3.A, MS.LS3.B, MS.LS4.B, MS.LS4.C HS.LS1.A, HS.LS2.A, HS.LS2.C, HS.LS3.A, HS.LS3.B, HS.LS4.B, HS.LS4.C
IB Biology (2009)
4.1, 5.4, D2
AP Environmental Science (2013)
Themes: 1, 3 Topics: II.A, II.C

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