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  • Topic:07-Diversity and Evolution of Living Organisms
  • Subject(s):Science
  • Days:20
  • Grade(s):7
Key Learning:

The scientific theory of evolution is the oganizing principle of life science.

The scientific theory of evolution is supported by multiple forms of evidence.

Natural selection is a primary mechanism leading to change over time in organisms within a species.


Unit Essential Question(s):
Why is it called the "scientific theory" of evolution? 
Concept:  Fossil Evidence
Concept: Natural Selection
Lesson Essential Question(s):

How does fossil evidence support the theory of evolution?  (A)
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How does genetic variation and environmental factors contribute to evolution within a species?  (ET)
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Vocabulary Report

  • Fossil - Any remains, impression, or trace of a living thing of a former geologic age, as a skeleton, footprint, etc.
  • natural selection - The process by which organisms with traits that better enable them to survive in an environment will reproduce in greater numbers and and perform others of their same species.
  • evolve - To develop or change.
  • genetic variation - The different combinations of hereditary materials that exist within a given population or species.
  • theory - A proposed explanation of natural occurences, in contrast to well-established propositions that are regarded as reporting matters of actual fact. Theories are still being tested.  
  • environmental factors - The changing, external conditions experienced by a population within a specific habitat or environment.
  • theory of evolution - A scientific theory of the origin and development of all species of organisms (extinct or present). 
  • migration - The process or act of an individual, or a populaton, or group of ecologically related organisms changing habitats seasonally or permanatly.
  • mutation - A change at the genetic level of an organism's biological blueprint; can either be beneficial or harmful to the oganism.