Natural Selection Activities for Middle School Science

The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of natural selection. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Natural Selection 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Natural Selection Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.


The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.


After completing the Natural Selection 5E Lesson, students will be able to identify some changes in genetic traits that have occurred over several generations through natural selection and selective breeding such as the Galapagos Medium Ground Finch (Geospiza fortis) or domestic animals.


Distance-Learning Ready

The Natural Selection Inquiry Lab is a hands-on activity that is differentiated for advanced, on-level, and modified middle school students.


Students will investigate beak variation in a species of birds. They will understand that populations naturally contain variation of traits and how some variations can either be beneficial or detrimental to the survival of organisms within the population.


The Natural Selection Inquiry Lab includes a brief reading passage, comprehension checks, hands-on activities, reflection questions, and a CER conclusion.


Distance-Learning Ready


Natural Selection Classroom Experiences

Create a powerful student experience to help solidify students' understanding about natural selection. The following experience is also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

stem challenges

The Project: Birdman - Design a Bird Beak for a Feeding Frenzy STEM Challenge uses the engineering design process to construct bird beaks which are best suited to gather and capture food within the niche.


Students will be using collaborative skills such as brainstorming with their peers and reflecting on their progress during the project.


At the end of the Project: Birdman - Design a Bird Beak for a Feeding Frenzy, STEM challenge, students are given an opportunity to share their projects outside of the classroom.


Year-Round Resources


These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics. All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.

These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.

Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.

Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.


Essential Questions and Standards

Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the natural selection unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Essential Questions
  • How can you identify changes in genetic traits over several generations?
  • What are the differences between natural selection and selective breeding?
Standards
  • MS LS4-6 - Use mathematical representations to support explanations of how natural selection may lead to increases and decreases of specific traits in populations over time
  • TEKS Science 7.11 C - Identify some changes in genetic traits that have occurred over several generations through natural selection and selective breeding such as the Galapagos Medium Ground Finch (Geospiza fortis) or domestic animals and hybrid plants
  • TEKS Science 7.12 A - Investigate and explain how internal structures of organisms have adaptations that allow specific functions such as gills in fish, hollow bones in birds, or xylem in plants

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