5E Instructional Model Plan:

Natural Selection 5E Instructional Model Plan

Plan for teaching natural selection using the 5E Instructional Model as a framework

5-6 days

Ordinarily, traits evolve in organisms, based on conditions in their environment, because those traits confer a reproductive advantage. This process of evolution, through natural selection, can take place over a long period of time, particularly in more complex species. Students may have already learned about the rapid evolution of antibiotic resistance in Unit 4; this is a chance to revisit that concept in the context of natural vs. human-driven species change. This is especially important for this unit, as it will be important to surface the difference between adaptation (through natural selection) and an individual organism's ability to acclimate to the environment.