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  • Natural Selection and the Evolution of Darwin's Finches

    Natural Selection and the Evolution of Darwin's Finches

    Activity

    This lesson is aligned with the NGSS science practices of engaging in argument from evidence using mathematical and computational thinking and analyzing and interpreting data.

  • Effects of Natural Selection on Finch Beak Size

    Effects of Natural Selection on Finch Beak Size

    Data Point

    Rosemary and Peter Grant studied the change in beak depths of finches on the island of Daphne Major in the Galápagos Islands after a drought.

  • The Making of the Fittest

    The Making of the Fittest

    Collection

    Each film takes students on an adventure—from the postglacial lakes in southern Alaska to the deserts of the American Southwest, and from the icy Antarctic to the highlands of East Africa, where...

  • Pocket Mouse Film With Quiz

    Pocket Mouse Film With Quiz

    Interactive Video

    (10 min 29 sec) Embedded quiz modules test students’ understanding as they watch the short film on the rock pocket mouse—a living example of Darwin’s process of natural selection. Also available in Spanish.

  • The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation

    The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection and Adaptation

    Short Film

    (10 min 25 sec) The rock pocket mouse is a living example of Darwin’s process of natural selection. Also available in Spanish.

  • Color Variation Over Time in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

    Color Variation Over Time in Rock Pocket Mouse Populations

    Activity

    A data collection and analysis lesson that examines selection for coat color in pocket mouse populations on different color substrates over time. Also available in Spanish.

  • Classroom Activities: Battling Beetles

    Classroom Activities: Battling Beetles

    Activity

    To accompany the lecture series Evolution: Constant Change and Common Threads.

  • Pocket Mouse Evolution

    Pocket Mouse Evolution

    Animation

    (1 min 5 sec) This simulation shows the spread of a favorable mutation through a population of pocket mice. Even a small selective advantage can lead to a rapid evolution of the population.

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