The Making of the Fittest: Natural Selection in Humans

Sickle cell disease only occurs when both parents contribute the trait, and mostly in those of African descent. Where did it come from? How did it evolve? Tony Allison, a molecular biologist, noticed a connection between sickle cell and immunity against malaria when he was working in East Africa in the 1950s. Follow his story on natural selection and evolution with this note-worthy film. Accompany it with your choice of lessons or activities provided by the publisher.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Classroom Considerations

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Pros
  • Can be used to help meet Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards
  • Award-winning film is ideal for supporting your natural selection unit
  • High-quality film guide, worksheets, activities, and lesson plans are provided to use with the video
  • A fabulous find for a flipped classroom
Cons
  • None