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Natural selection and adaptation slide set

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Overview:
This set of five PowerPoint slides featuring personal response questions (i.e., multiple choice questions that can be used with "clicker" technology) can be incorporated into lectures on natural selection and adaptation in order to actively engage students in thinking about evolution.

Author/Source:
UC Museum of Paleontology

Grade level:
13-16

Time:
2 minutes

Teaching tips:
With increased experience, the instructor will be able to develop new personal response questions, optimizing them for particular applications and topics. To learn more about how personal response questions and other types of active learning activities can be easily incorporated into lecture (and for more downloadable slides!), visit our guide to active learning in the undergraduate classroom.

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Evolution results from natural selection acting upon genetic variation within a population.

  • Organisms cannot intentionally produce adaptive mutations in response to environmental influences.

  • An individual’s fitness (or relative fitness) is the contribution that individual makes to the gene pool of the next generation relative to other individuals in the population.

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