Understanding Evolution: your one-stop source for information on evolution
Resource library Teaching materials Evolution 101 Support this project

Lesson summary for:
Understanding evolutionary history: An introduction to tree thinking

image

  - rated 1 time

To rate this resource, click a star:

Answer the security question:

7 + 7 =

Overview:
This pamphlet with self-quizzes provides students with a self-paced tutorial in tree thinking and corrects many common misconceptions about phylogenetic trees.

Author/Source:
Laura Novick, Kefyn Catley, and Emily Schreiber

Grade level:
13-16

Time:
30 min - 1 hour

Teaching tips:
Students can be assigned this pamphlet as homework. If desired, instructors can collect the "Practice What You've Learned" for assessment. An in-class extension could involve holding a think-pair-share activity with additional similar questions in the next class period.

Concepts:
Correspondence to the Next Generation Science Standards is indicated in parentheses after each relevant concept. See our conceptual framework for details.

  • Present-day species evolved from earlier species; the relatedness of organisms is the result of common ancestry.

  • Evolutionary trees (i.e., phylogenies or cladograms) portray hypotheses about evolutionary relationships.

Teacher background:

<< Back to search results