NGSS Aligned Resources for MS-LS4-1.
Analyze and interpret data for patterns in the fossil record that document the existence, diversity, extinction, and change of life forms throughout the history of life on Earth under the assumption that natural laws operate today as in the past.
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The Coelacanth: A Living Fossil of a Fish
4 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
It was just another day of fishing at the local pier when a man unknowingly reeled in a fish thought to be extinct for 65 million years. This short video explains how scientists were surprised to discover that this 360 million year old...
Where Do Genes Come From?
4 mins 7th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
No, you didn't get your genes from the local clothing store. Learn where they really come from by watching this video as it explores how the genes found in all plants and animals today have arisen over billions of years of mutations from...
Life Science Toolbox for Fifth Grade
3rd - 7th CCSS: Adaptable
Help build young scholars' understanding of living things with the tools provided in this comprehensive life science resource. Including a total of nine lessons that cover topics ranging from plant and animal life cycles to heredity and...
Did Dinosaurs Really Go Extinct?
7 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Most meat-eating dinosaurs had bones filled with air, just like today's birds. Scholars explore the idea that humans still live with dinosaurs, aka birds in a video that explains how researchers determined that modern birds descended...
Migration, Adaptation, and Changing Climates
7th - 9th CCSS: Adaptable
It is easy for humans to adapt to changing environments, but how do animals and plants do it? Classes discuss how plants and animals deal with environmental changes in the second of seven lessons. Through questions and discussions,...
A Tale of Two Teeth: A Hands-On Discussion About Climate Change
5th - 8th
Sink your teeth into an engaging lesson on climate change! Science sleuths examine the prehistoric central Florida ecosystem through fossil analysis and a Socratic discussion. The easy-to-follow teacher's plan provides detailed...
LS4A - Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity
6 mins 3rd - 12th
Need help putting together an uncommonly good unit about common ancestry? Check out a video that covers NGSS standard LS4A, Evidence of Common Ancestry and Diversity. Topics include ways to convey similarities and differences between...
Comparative Anatomy of the Domestic Chicken
6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Are chickens and crocodiles really related? Young scientists compare the bone structure of current domestic chickens to other animals throughout evolution. This helps them understand the branches that separate crocodiles and birds as...
Biogeography: Where Life Lives
2 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Biogeography is the study of the geographical distribution of plants and animals. NOVA's Evolution Lab explains how organisms on different continents can be so closely related. The resource discusses the processes that bring life from...