Lesson Plan

Human Skin Color: Evidence for Selection

Skin color is controlled by at least six genes. Young scientists learn about skin colors through a documentary. They discuss the topics of pigment, natural selection, and vitamin D absorption. They apply their knowledge to higher order thinking questions.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Before the lesson, have students hypothesize why there are so many different skin tones then have them revisit their hypotheses at the end of the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson designed for AP, IB, and college level students
  • Relies on prior knowledge of evolution and natural selection
  • Highlights new vocabulary throughout
  • Designed for the highest standards: Next Generation Science Standards, AP Biology, IB Biology, AP Environmental Science, IB Environmental Systems and Societies, Common Core, and Vision and Change
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