Hominoid Skulls Activity

 

The following prompt is to be completed from your investigation of human evolution:

Claim: “Humans evolved from earlier extinct hominids.”

Justify this claim using three pieces of evidence from your investigations of the fossil record, molecular evidence and embryology.

Due Date is December 4 for honors classes, TBD for college prep.

Resource

HOMINOID SKULL COMPARISON Student Guide

Classification and Evolution

Comparative Embryology

hominid evidence

 

 

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Whale’s Tail Investigation

 

We are looking at evidence for evolution by investigating whales. Student will use the evidence they collect to address the following hypothesis:

“Whales evolved from terrestrial (land) mammals.”

Confirm or refute this claim using at least 5 pieces of evidence from your investigations (fossil record, POGIL, video, PPT). Provide a reason that each piece supports your position.

A link for the materials is below:

THE WHALE’s TALE — Student Guide

WHALE EVOL DATA Student Guide

Whale Strip Clues

What is a Modern Whale?

SOME PHOTOS MODERN WHALES

EVOLUTION OF WHALES — PPT

Rubric Here: CERRUBRIC

 

 

Natural Selection Lab Report Template

Students will being designing and carrying out their own experiment for the Natural Selection Simulation.

Students will have to turn a lab report based on their experimental simulation by 11/17/17. It must be typed and may be turned in before the due date.

I have included a template to help students create their lab reports. Click Here: Natural Selection Lab Report Template

Rubrics for this assignment:

Experimental Design:  exp_design_grading_rubric

CER Rubric: CERRUBRIC (002)

 

Honor Biology for 10/10/17 A-Day Only

Here is the powerpoint on Natural Selection that we viewed, Take the notes that you need here: the-theory-of-natural-selection

Today, we collected data on variation in sunflower seeds: We then constructed a histogram using class data and discovered that the Bell Curve is the most frequent distribution for traits.

We then read about Types of Natural Selection and completed the problems at end of the reading. The Exit Ticket was to answer questions 6 and 7 from the Seed Size and Evolution activity.

Exit Ticket:

6. A new species of birds is introduced to the area. The bird has a small beak and is unable to eat seeds larger than 17 mm long. Predict how this new predator might affect the distribution of seed size. How would this effect cause natural selection to occur?

7. In this experiment, how are variation and evolution dependent on each other?