Scientific Evidence for Evolution

Humans share about 50% of their genes with a banana. In the video, scholars analyze the scientific evidence for evolution. The instructor spends time discussing Darwin and biogeography, fossils, and homologous structures. Scholars then learn how molecular evidence has played a part in supporting the theory of evolution and a short amount of time is spent on mathematical models analyzing populations.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Video best supports the beginning of a unit on evolution, after discussions of Darwin and his Origin of Species
  • Instructor shows how genes are aligned with other organisms using genome software; utilize this link in the classroom, allowing scholars to explore similar genes between organisms
Classroom Considerations

  • This is the fourth video in a series of 18
  • Video assumes learners have some understanding of DNA and mutations
Pros

  • Includes a concept map, slideshow, and two review worksheets and a link to them
  • Provides links for a population simulation and a genome browser
  • Video uses high-quality visuals and photographs
Cons

  • None
Common Core

NGSS