Artificial Selection

The second lesson in the series begins with a starter activity discussing wild versus domesticated animals. Then, scholars play a card game, with optional variations, to emphasize artificial selection. Next, they attend a field trip to a farm, natural history museum, and animal sanctuary. Finally, a research project summarizes knowledge and rounds out the lesson.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask a breeder of animals or plants to speak to the class at the end of the lesson
Classroom Considerations

  • Create or buy the Rabbit Top trumps game before the lesson
  • Be aware of any allergies
Pros

  • Includes differentiation ideas
  • Provides a discussion of correlation versus causation
  • Offers a list of videos, links, and references for supplemental information
Cons

  • None
Common Core