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When teaching natural or artificial selection, you can remember the essential requirements for selection with the handy acronym V.I.S.T.

V = Variation: All life forms vary genetically within a population. It is this genetic variation upon which selection works.

I = Inheritance: Genetic traits are inherited from parents and are passed on to offspring.

S = Selection: Organisms with traits that are favorable to their survival get to live and pass on their genes to the next generation.
T = Time: Evolution takes time. Evolution can happen in a few generations, but major change, such as speciation, often takes long periods of time.

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Nature of Science
The door to gaining understanding about the world is open for students who have a fundamental understanding of the nature of science.

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