Why Do You Love Your Family?

Is that warm, fuzzy family feeling a product of evolution? Explore altruism through a video from an engaging science series. The narrator discusses parental instincts, evolutionary fitness, and an organism's drive to ensure it passes its genes to as many generations as possible.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Make the resource part of an evolution unit or genetics lesson
  • Show more examples of extreme parenting using an interesting article
Classroom Considerations

  • Take some time after the video to review the statistics with younger viewers to ensure they understand

  • Family trees help viewers understand the percentage of genes passed to offspring 
  • The video uses funny examples to illustrate the concept of altruism and survival of the fittest

  • None
Common Core