Academic journal article Science Scope

Teaching Heredity and Evolution in the Next Generation

Academic journal article Science Scope

Teaching Heredity and Evolution in the Next Generation

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Diversity of life, reproduction, heredity, natural selection, adaptations of organ isms, and evolution are not topics new to the middle school curriculum-all have been included in textbooks for decades. Now, they are an important part of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). However, as is the case with all NGSS science instruction, these core concepts are to be routinely integrated with science and engineering practices and crosscutting concepts and should be regularly linked to disciplinary core ideas in other domains of science.

This issue of Science Scope features lessons that teach MS-LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits and MS-LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity from the NGSS. In addition to the lessons, the resources below offer activities that can be modified to teach these standards.

Classroom lessons: You can find sample lessons for grades 6-8 in the resources section of the NGSS@NSTA hub. Each contains a detailed description of the lesson, an NGSS-related evaluation of the resource, and a link to the resource itself.

Classroom assessment tasks: The Achieve website provides examples of middle school classroom assessments that integrate the NGSS and Common Core State Standards (CCSS), mathematics. The front matter for the tasks can be found on the NGSS website, which provides complete directions on how to use the assessment samples and tips for creating your own tasks. …

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