High School (SCI) Life Science Standards
[LS4] Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
SCI-HS.LS4.04 Construct an explanation based on evidence for how natural selection leads to adaptation of populations.
Clarification Statement: Emphasis is on using data to provide evidence for how specific biotic and abiotic differences in
ecosystems (such as ranges of seasonal temperature, long-term climate change, acidity, light,
geographic barriers, or evolution of other organisms) contribute to a change in gene frequency over
time, leading to adaptation of populations. Disciplinary Core Ideas LS4.C: Adaptation
-Natural selection leads to adaptation, that is, to a
population dominated by organisms that are
anatomically, behaviorally, and physiologically well
suited to survive and reproduce in a specific
environment. That is, the differential survival and
reproduction of organisms in a population that
have an advantageous heritable trait leads to an
increase in the proportion of individuals in future
generations that have the trait and to a decrease in
the proportion of individuals that do not.
Student Learning Targets:
Skills (Performance) Targets
The Student can ...
... with help, demonstrate a partial understanding of some of the simpler details and processes (Score 2.0 content) and some of the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
... demonstrate no major errors or omissions regarding the simpler details and processes but exhibits major errors or omissions regarding the more complex ideas and processes (Score 3.0 content).
“The Standard.” ... demonstrate no major errors or omissions regarding any of the information and processes that were end of instruction expectations.
... demonstrate in-depth inferences and applications regarding more complex material that go beyond end of instruction expectations.
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