MS-LS4-1, MS-LS4-2, MS-LS4-3
In Mosa Mack’s Evolution unit, students are led through a progression of three inquiry lessons that focus on three types of evidence that support the theory of evolution: fossils, anatomical structures, and embryology.
Solve: Students contextualize Evidence of Evolution vocabulary in a mind map before helping Mosa Mack solve the mystery showing that species that look very different, actually come from a common ancestor. By the end of The Solve, students discover evidence in the fossil record, embryology and comparative anatomy, supporting the idea that all species are related and share a common ancestor. (75 mins)
Make: Students work in stations to gather evidence to support the theory of evolution. Evidence involving fossils, embryos and limb anatomy will be compiled into a final “Evidence Journal” that will demonstrate an understanding of how species evolved from a common ancestor. (120 mins)
Engineer: Students develop and design a device to prove that evolution is a continuous process that is still occurring. Students will create a model or technical diagram of their device in order to show how it could function and the type of scientific data it will collect in order to effectively monitor evolutionary changes. (150 mins)