Lesson plan

Evolution by natural selection

Summary
Start with a game which demonstrates how the survival of a population depends on what it eats and what eats it. Experiment with camouflage, and discuss how it is a beneficial adaptation in both prey and predator species.
Science content
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Biology: Food Webs, Ecosystems, Biomes (3, 4)
Biology: Evolution, Natural Selection (7)
Materials

Materials in the activities

Procedure

Start right away with the natural selection game.
Then discuss what happened to the populations, and how each animal might have been able to survive better (making sure that camouflage is mentioned).

Do the camouflage activity.

Grades taught
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Gr 4
Gr 5
Gr 6
Gr 7
Teaching Site
Tyee Elementary