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Science Grade 8 Evolution

Science Grade 8 Evolution

2-3 weeks

Individual organisms and species change over time.

Change is necessary for survival.

Organisms inherit genetic information in a variety of ways that result in coninuity of structure and function between parents and offspring.


How do organisms change over time?

Why is change necessary for survival?

(1) MST1 Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seek answers, and develop solutions.
(1) MST2 Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.
(1) MST4 Students will understand and apply scientific concepts, principles, and theories pertaining to the physical setting and living environment and recognize the historical development of ideas in science.
(1) MST6 Students will understand the relationships and common themes that connect mathematics, science, and technology and apply the themes to these and other areas of learning.
(1) MST7 Students will apply the knowledge and thinking skills of mathematics, science, and technology to address real-life problems and make informed decisions.

Use Theory of Natural Selection to explain how species change and survive over time.

Compare and contrast adaptation and mutation.

Research and cite various evidence of evolution.





homologous structure


natural selection





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