Essential Learnings

Essential Learnings
  1. Explains how populations evolve over time through the non-random process of natural selection and other evolutionary mechanisms (both random and non-random).
    • A. Describes the inter-relationship between the evolution of Earth's environment and the biological evolution of life on Earth.
    • B. Identifies the various lines of evidence that support the modern concept of biological evolution.
    • C. When an organism's environment is altered, predicts how variation among individuals within a population might increase/decrease/not change the chances for survival and differential reproductive success.
    • D. Explains how natural selection works and the relationship between adaptations and fitness.
    • E. Describes how natural selection is non-random but not directional
    • F. Describes how population size and reproductive isolation can affect the evolution of a population.
    • G. Constructs a classification system based on a variety of factors (for example: physical traits, DNA sequences).
    • H. Describes how DNA serves as the vehicle for genetic continuity and the source of genetic diversity upon which natural selection can act.