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Adaptation: The case of penguins

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Overview:
The process of natural selection produces stunning adaptations. Learn about the history of this concept, while you explore the incredible adaptations that penguins have evolved, allowing them to survive and reproduce in a climate that reaches -60°C!
This article appears at Visionlearning.

Author/Source:
Visionlearning

Grade level:
9-12

Time:
20 minutes

Teaching tips:
This article uses a charismatic animal, the penguin, to explain the concept of adaptation. Student learning can be enhanced by class discussion.

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

  • There is a fit between organisms and their environments, though not always a perfect fit. (LS4.C)

  • Traits that confer an advantage may persist in the population and are called adaptations. (LS4.B, LS4.C)

  • Inherited characteristics affect the likelihood of an organism's survival and reproduction. (LS4.B, LS4.C)

  • Science is a human endeavor. (NOS7)

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