Students analyzed their data from their paper airplane birds and answered the following questions in their notebooks:
1. Did your experiment result in better flying birds?
2. Evolution is the result of two processes: variation and selection.
a. How did your experiment produce variation among the offspring?
b. How did your experiment select offspring to breed the next generation?
c. Which process is more random? Explain.
3. Compare your youngest bird with a different group’syoungest bird.
a. Explain why some aspects of the birds are similar.
b. Explain why some aspects of the birds are different.
4. Predict the appearance of your youngest bird’s descendants if.
a. the selection conditions remain the same and the longest flying bird survives to produce the most offspring.
b. the selection conditions change the worst flying bird survives to produce the most offspring.
c. the selection conditions change and the bird whose color blends with its environment survives to produce the most offspring.
After class discussion, students were assigned two things on schoology:
- a four question formative quiz
- Adaptation Building writing prompt: Agree or disagree with the following statement: Random and non-random factors equally contribute to the evolution of your “birds” by natural selection. Support your explanation with observations and data from both the reading and bird simulation.
Many have not as yet completed the Finches quiz and prompt for the Adaptation Writing prompt in schoology too.