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Antibiotic Resistance Simulation Lab Activity

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Antibiotic Resistance Simulation Lab Activity

In this lab, students simulate the development of antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

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Beaks of Finches State Lab

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Beaks of Finches State Lab

Students learn about the role of adaptations in natural selection through this mandated State Lab.

History of Life Performance Task

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History of Life Performance Task

In this performance task, students use evidence to create and justify a timeline of the history of life on Earth.

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Natural Selection 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Natural Selection 5E Instructional Model Plan

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.

Natural Selection Simulation

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Natural Selection Simulation

In this simulation from Phet Sim, students observe concepts behind natural selection, but in a sped-up time frame.

Unit 4 Geologic History of New York State ESRT - Three Level Reading Guide

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Unit 4 Geologic History of New York State ESRT - Three Level Reading Guide

Students work in groups to complete this reading guide as a tool for making sense of a complex diagram in the Earth Science Reference Tables.

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Unit 4 Geologic Time Scale & Evolution 5E Instructional Model Plan

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Unit 4 Geologic Time Scale & Evolution 5E Instructional Model Plan

In this 5E sequence students create their own geologic time scale by researching and sequencing important geologic and evolutionary events. Students then compare and contrast their geologic time scales to the ESRT, and refine their work based on what they learned. Finally, students apply their new learning by creating another geologic time scale within a more familiar time frame such as a year, month, or day.

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Unit 5 Human Reproduction Unit Plan

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Unit 5: Comparative Reproduction
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Unit 5 Human Reproduction Unit Plan

Reproduction and development are necessary for the continuation of any species, and as such all species have unique but related strategies for reproduction. In this unit, students learn about continuity and diversity of life in a variety organisms, including humans, and use their findings to discern evolutionary relationships. Exploring print texts, visuals, and hands-on experiences, students compare the mechanisms through which different living things reproduce, with a focus on comparisons to human reproduction.

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