This activity supports the film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree. Students are asked to formulate a hypothesis, and collect and analyze real research data to understand how quickly natural selection can act on specific traits in a population. Also available in Spanish.
- NGSS (2013) LS
- HS-LS2-1, HS-LS2-2, HS-LS4-2, HS-LS4-3, HS-LS4-4, HS-LS4-5, HS-LS2.A, HS-LS2.C, HS-LS2.B, HS-LS2.C
- Common Core (2010)
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.4, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.5, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.3, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.4 CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSN-Q.A.1, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS-ID.A.2, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS-IC.A.1, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSS-IC.B.5
- AP Biology (2012-2013)
- 1.A.1, 1.A.2, 1.A.4, 2.D.1, 2.E.3, 4.B.3
- IB Biology (2016)
- 5.1, 5.2, 10.3, C1
345Card ActivitiesUsing DNA to Explore Lizard PhylogenyThis activity supports the film The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree. Students are guided to sort the lizard species by appearance, then generate a phylogenetic tree using the lizards’ DNA sequences to evaluate whether species that appear similar are closely related to each other.
162Film GuidesFilm Guides: The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary TreeThe following classroom-ready resources complement The Origin of Species: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree. Research on the anole lizards is enriching our understanding of evolutionary processes, such as adaptation by natural selection, convergent evolution, and the formation of new species. Also available in Spanish.