Natural Selection: Common Misconceptions

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Overcoming pupil misconceptions is much harder than teaching a new topic. Anticipate misconceptions to avoid having to reteach and relearn by showing a lesson resource from the Good Thinking PD series that highlights common mistakes. A video demonstrates natural selection explanations and how individuals may make incorrect assumptions. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners record two examples of natural selection from the video and then research two of their own examples
  • Create graphic organizers of common misconceptions linked to the correct explanation as notes
Classroom Considerations

  • Meant as a resource for teachers but would be appropriate for pupil viewing
Pros

  • Includes an option for closed captioning to aid in note-taking
  • Emphasizes key scientific vocabulary
Cons

  • None