Evolution in Action: Data Analysis

This is a part of The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch
Chart taken from the student handout


These two activities support the film The Origin of Species: The Beak of the Finch. They provide students with the opportunity to analyze data collected by Princeton University evolutionary biologists Peter and Rosemary Grant.

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Tips From Teachers

“I use the Beak of the Finch short film to get the students to understand the diversity among the finches, and then follow up with Evolution in Action Data Analysis to have kids practice graphing and to build a foundation in using error bars and 95% confidence intervals. I really love the activity because it uses real finch data collected by the Grants, and it makes the analysis more meaningful to the students!” -- Melissa Eddy (McAllen Memorial High School, TX)

Curriculum Connections:

NGSS (2013) LS
HS-LS2-2, HS-LS4-3, HS-LS4-4
AP Biology (2015)
1.A.1, 1.A.4, SP1, SP2
IB Biology (2016)
5.2, C.1, C.5
AP Environmental Science (2013)
IB Environmental Systems and Societies (2017)
1.2, 2.1
Common Core (2010)
ELA.RST.9-12.7, ELA.WHST.9-12.1; Math.F-IF.7, S-ID.1, S-IC.1, S-IC.3, MP1, MP2, MP5
Vision and Change (2009)
CC1, CC5, DP2

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