Mystery Plant Adaptation

Learn that species are adapted to their environments. Variation in a species can help the species adapt to changes in the environment.

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In this activity, students review inheritance with variation. A Virtual Field model has light levels that vary smoothly from top to bottom. A single type of seed grows best in the center of the field, but the model includes variation in the offspring seeds. Since each plant scatters seeds randomly, it happens occasionally that some of these different seeds fall in a location where the light level is just right for it. When this happens the seed will grow into a healthy plant that will produce seeds of its own. In this way, the single type of plant eventually evolves into a full spectrum of different varieties. (Evolution Readiness Activity 3 of 10.)

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AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008)

5. The Living Environment

5A. Diversity of Life
  • 5A/M1. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that one of the most general distinctions among organisms is between plants, which use sunlight to make their own food, and animals, which consume energy-rich foods. Some kinds of organisms, many of them microscopic, cannot be neatly classified as either plants or animals.
5B. Heredity
  • 5B/P1. By the end of the 2nd grade, students should know that there is variation among individuals of one kind within a population.
  • 5B/P2. By the end of the 2nd grade, students should know that offspring are very much, but not exactly, like their parents and like one another.
5F. Evolution of Life
  • 5F/P1. By the end of the 2nd grade, students should know that different plants and animals have external features that help them thrive in different kinds of places.
  • 5F/E1. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that individuals of the same kind differ in their characteristics, and sometimes the differences give individuals an advantage in surviving and reproducing.
  • 5F/M2a. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that individual organisms with certain traits are more likely than others to survive and have offspring.

11. Common Themes

11B. Models
  • 11B/P2. By the end of the 2nd grade, students should know that a model of something is different from the real thing but can be used to learn something about the real thing.
  • 11B/E2*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that geometric figures, number sequences, graphs, diagrams, sketches, number lines, maps, and oral and written descriptions can be used to represent objects, events, and processes in the real world.
  • 11B/E3** (SFAA). By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that a model of something is similar to, but not exactly like, the thing being modeled. Some models are physically similar to what they are representing, but others are not.
11C. Constancy and Change
  • 11C/P4*. By the end of the 2nd grade, students should know that some things change so slowly or so quickly that the changes are hard to notice while they are taking place.
  • 11C/E1*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that some features of things may stay the same even when other features change.
  • 11C/E2b. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that often the best way to tell which kinds of change are happening is to make a table or graph of measurements.

12. Habits of Mind

12C. Manipulation and Observation
  • 12C/E3*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should be able to keep written or electronic records of information so that the records are understandable weeks or months later.
  • 12C/E6** (BSL). By the end of the 5th grade, students should be able to use audio and video recording devices for capturing information.

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<a href="">The Concord Consortium. Mystery Plant Adaptation. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2010, September 21.</a>

AIP
Mystery Plant Adaptation (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2010, September 21), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

AJP
Mystery Plant Adaptation (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2010, September 21), WWW Document, (https://concord.org/).

APA
Mystery Plant Adaptation. (2010, September 21). Retrieved 2017, June 26, from The Concord Consortium: https://concord.org/

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This activity requires the Java Runtime Environment version 5 (sometimes referred to as 1.5) or later with Java Webstart. You can download it at java.com.

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Evolution ReadinessThis resource is a part of the Concord Consortium's Evolution Readiness project.

Grade Level
Elementary School
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