Pollution & Evolution

This Pollution & Evolution lesson plan also includes:

Bring together a study of two major scientific topics with a lesson plan on the relationship between pollution and evolution. With the help of a PowerPoint presentation, hands-on activity. and class demonstration young scientists learn how air pollution changes the environment affecting the evolution of life on Earth.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • This lesson can be included in a life science unit on evolution, or as part of an environmental science unit on global warming
  • Extend the lesson by having the class research other animals that are endangered as the result of human pollution
  • Create a note-taking guide or worksheet for students to complete while viewing the presentation
Classroom Considerations

  • Some preparation is required for both the hands-on activity and class demonstration, so be sure to plan ahead

  • Photographs are included in the lesson plan as visual support for implementing the hands-on activity and science demonstration
  • PowerPoint presentation offers images that clearly demonstrate the impact of human pollution on the evolution of animals
  • Lesson can be adapted for use in sixth, seventh, or eighth grade science classes

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