By: Judy Elgin Jensen
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NSTA Tool Kit for Teaching Evolution
|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
|Grade Level:||Middle School, High School
|Read Inside:||Read a sample chapter: Active Evolution Instruction
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Teaching evolution is part of the core biology curriculum, and this new resource provides a teacher-ready summary of the scientific, legal, and ethical talking points for discussion of the topic. Compiled by NSTA with input from the National Center for Science Education, the NSTA Tool Kit for Teaching Evolution pulls together historical facts, scientific data, legal precedent, and other invaluable information for answering the all-too-common question of “Why teach evolution?” Biology and life science teachers will appreciate this resource, complete with classroom activities, for its ability to help you cover a relevant issue with depth and pedagogical support.
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|Intended User Role:||Curriculum Supervisor, High-School Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Professional Development Provider, Teacher
|Educational Issues:||Classroom management, Curriculum, Instructional materials, Professional development, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies
What’s in the NSTA Tool Kit for Teaching Evolution?
Supporting Your Efforts
Chapter 1: The History and Science of Evolution
The Nature of Science and Scientific Thinking
What Is Evolution?
History of Evolutionary Thinking
Darwin’s Thought Process
The Modern Synthesis
The Genetics of Evolution
Chapter 2: Active Evolution Instruction
Showing Evolutionary Relationships With Cladograms
Natural Selection and Antibiotic Resistance
Using Ring Species to Demonstrate Human Evolution
Chapter 3: Social Challenges of Promoting Evolution-Only Instruction
What’s Wrong With “Teaching the Controversy”
Evolution Instruction in the Courtroom
Evolution Instruction in the Classroom
Leading the Way for Evolution Instruction
Chapter 4: What You Can Do
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National Standards Correlation
This resource has 12 correlations with the National Standards.
- Life Science
- Diversity and adaptations of organisms
- Biological evolution accounts for the diversity of species developed through gradual processes over many generations (5-8)
- Species acquire many of their unique characteristics through biological adaptation, which involves the selection of naturally occurring variations in populations. (5-8)
- Biological adaptations include changes in structures, behaviors, or physiology that enhance survival and reproductive success in a particular environment (5-8)
- Biological evolution
- Evolution is the consequence of the interactions of the genetic variability of offspring due to mutation and recombination of genes. (9-12)
- Evolution is the consequence of the interactions of the ensuing selection by the environment of those offspring better able to survive and leave offspring. (9-12)
- Natural selection and its evolutionary consequences provide a scientific explanation for the fossil record of ancient life forms, as well as for the striking molecular similarities observed among the diverse species of living organisms. (9-12)
- Biological classifications are based on how organisms are related. (9-12)
- Organisms are classified into a hierarchy of groups and subgroups based on similarities which reflect their evolutionary relationships. (9-12)
- Species is the most fundamental unit of classification. (9-12)
- Process Standards for Professional Development
- Connect and integrate all pertinent aspects of science and science education. (NSES)
- Address teachers' needs as learners and build on their current knowledge of science content, teaching, and learning. (NSES)
- Introduce teachers to scientific literature, media, and technological resources that expand their science knowledge and their ability to access further knowledge. (NSES)
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