Advantageous Traits

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Ideal for grades 6-9, this lesson uses physical motion and play to teach students about natural selection and how advantageous or disadvantageous traits affect an organism’s ability to survive. The lesson starts with a physical activity and ends with an in class portion to provide reinforcement and assessment opportunities.

After completing this interactive lesson, students will understand:

  • All organisms in the world have small genetic variations within their populations and these variations can help or hinder the creatures ability survive and reproduce.
  • That organisms can pass on advantageous and disadvantageous traits.
  • The cause and effect relationship between traits and survival.

Resources included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Student reflection worksheet

Additional resources required:

  • Large open space for running and catching objects.
  • A variety of objects to throw (balls or bean bags)
  • 2 pylons or hula hoop