Access Point #: SC.7.L.15.In.2

Recognize that physical characteristics of living things are adapted to deal with the conditions of the environment, such as skin color or gills on a fish.
General Information
Number: SC.7.L.15.In.2
Category: Independent
Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Big Idea: Diversity and Evolution of Living Organisms

A. The scientific theory of evolution is the organizing principle of life science.

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

C. Natural Selection is a primary mechanism leading to change over time in organisms.

Related Benchmarks

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Related Courses

This access point is part of these courses.
2002070: M/J Comprehensive Science 2
2002080: M/J Comprehensive Science 2, Advanced
2000010: M/J Life Science
2000020: M/J Life Science, Advanced
7820016: Access M/J Comprehensive Science 2
2002085: M/J Comprehensive Science 2 Accelerated Honors
7920040: Fundamental Integrated Science 3
2000025: M/J STEM Life Science
2001100: M/J Coastal Science 1
2001105: M/J Coastal Science 2

Related Resources

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Image/Photograph

Animal Mouths:

This collection of images of six different animals illustrates the wide range of feeding strategies and physical structures that have grown out of the relationship between organisms and their food. The environment plays a dramatic role in shaping the evolutionary changes that organisms undergo, and for animals, food is one of the most important components of the environment.

Type: Image/Photograph

Lesson Plan

Bird Buffet (Animal Survival):

Students learn that an animal's physical attributes, such as a bird's beak, may provide an advantage for survival in one environment but not in another. Students will participate in modeling and investigating structure and function relationships.

Type: Lesson Plan

Video/Audio/Animation

Desert Biome:

This video segment from NOVA: "A Desert Place" details the behaviors and habitats of some of the Sonoran Desert's creatures, focusing on the adaptations they use to survive in one of the most extreme environments in the world.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Virtual Manipulative

Natural Selection:

Students will explore natural selection by controlling the environment and causing mutations in bunnies. This will demonstrate how natural selection works in nature. They will have the opportunity to throw in different variables to see what will make their species of rabbit survive.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

Student Resources

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Video/Audio/Animation

Desert Biome:

This video segment from NOVA: "A Desert Place" details the behaviors and habitats of some of the Sonoran Desert's creatures, focusing on the adaptations they use to survive in one of the most extreme environments in the world.

Type: Video/Audio/Animation

Virtual Manipulative

Natural Selection:

Students will explore natural selection by controlling the environment and causing mutations in bunnies. This will demonstrate how natural selection works in nature. They will have the opportunity to throw in different variables to see what will make their species of rabbit survive.

Type: Virtual Manipulative

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