Evolution

West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  Biology                  

Grade:  9

Unit:   Evolution                              

Pacing:  3-4 Weeks

Essential Question(s):

1. Where do our traits come from?  (In sexually reproducing organisms, each offspring contains a mix of characteristics inherited from both parents.)

2.  How does our DNA impact our looks?  (Punnet squares can be used to predict offspring traits.)

3. Why do we look like our family?  (Pedigree diagrams map probable inherited traits.)

4. Can you catch a genetic disease?  (Genetic diseases originate from mutated chromosomes.)

Big Idea(s):

In sexually reproducing organisms, each offspring contains a mix of characteristics inherited from both parents.

Punnet squares can be used to predict offspring traits.

Pedigree diagrams map probable inherited traits.

Genetic diseases originate from mutated chromosomes.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

Priority

D.42 Describe how structural and behavioral adaptations increase the chances for organisms to survive in their environments.

 

Supporting

D 40. Explain how the processes of genetic mutation and natural selection are related to the evolution of species.

 

D 41.  Explain how the current theory of evolution provides a scientific explanation

for fossil records of ancient life forms.

 

“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)

BL

 

 

  • Structural and behavioral adaptations

 

 

  • Adaptations on organism survival

 

 

  • Genetic mutation & natural selection to evolution

 

 

  • Evidence of evolution

 

 

 

 

 

  • Identify

 

 

  • Influence

 

 

  • Relate

 

 

 

  • Support

 

 

 

3

 

 

5

 

 

2

 

 

 

5

 Assessments

Common Formative Pre- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

            See Attached

“Dipsticks” (Informal Progress Monitoring Checks):

            See Attached

Common Formative Post- Assessment (Followed by Data Team Analysis):

            See attached

Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

·        Biology book

·        Velcro model manipulative

·        Visual models

·        Graphic organizers/foldables

·        Fossils

·        Ground Core Lab

·        Bird beak simulation

·        Pangea cut-out

·        Rock cycle

·        Peppered Moth Simulation

·        Peabody Museum

 

Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

·        Whole group (lectures/notes/discussion) (Q&A)

·        Small group

·        Partners

·        Individual

·        Smartboard

·        Powerpoint

·        Computer lab

·        Concepts in Motion  (biologygmh.com)

 

Vocabulary/Word Wall

 


Evolution

Adaptation

Natural Selection

Mutations

Speciation

Fertile

Primate

Charles Darwin

Variation

Competition

Fossil

Extinct

Sedimentary Rock

Rock Cycle

Homologous Structures

Analogous Structures

Vestigial Structures

Pangea

Survival of the Fittest

Embryology

Galapagos

Camouflage

Mimicry

Species

Bottleneck affect

Founder’s Affect

Reproductive Isolation

 

Enrichment/Extension

Interdisciplinary Connections