Anole Lizards: An Example of Speciation

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What happens to a species when members become separated by changes in their environment? Present young biologists with the ultimate example species—the anole lizard. A brief video describes the origins of the multitude of anole species in the Caribbean islands and how each emerged with its own unique traits.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video as an opener for a lesson about speciation 
  • Check out the lizards resource links for more videos and interactives
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should be familiar with niches, habitats, and adaptations prior to watching the video
Pros

  • Short and sweet, the video contains clear explanations and colorful animations
  • The resource is self-guided and great for homework 
Cons

  • None
Common Core