Island Rotation: Lesson Plan 4

This Island Rotation: Lesson Plan 4 lesson plan also includes:

Foster's Rule? Allopatric speciation? After watching West of the West's documentary Island Rotation, class members use Venn diagrams to compare endemic species on the Channel Islands with mainland related species. They then create a storyboard that explains how the speciation events occurred.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Begin the unit by showing the West of the West's Tales from California's Channel Islands that provides an overview of and the context for the documentary
  • Use the video to introduce the concepts of Foster's Rule and allopatric speciation
Classroom Considerations
  • The activity presumes class members are familiar with Foster's Rule, natural selection, allopatric speciation, and selective advantage
  • The six-page packet includes the plan, graphic organizers, research questions, and links to additional resources for the research project
  • No rubric for the project is included