Phylogenetic Trees activity guide for the All In The Family’ free online interactive. This resources is designed to be a learning guide and response sheet for students as they complete the activity. Students are led to create, and read, phylogenetic trees.
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The activity presents three groups of organisms for students to arrange into three phylogenetic trees based on their evolutionary relationships. Students must explore the provided evidence to guide their decisions as they construct the trees, such as compared anatomy and DNA sequences.
This resource helps hold students accountable by asking them to record the observations they make, as well as their phylogenetic trees. There are also a few questions that help gauge their understanding of how to read the tree.
It is important that students have a working knowledge of phylogenetic trees before they do this activity. They will be asked to read the trees they have created and identify the location of common ancestors.
A full answer key is included!
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What some happy teachers are saying about the Phylogenetic Tree activity guide:
Great, engaging activity! – Brandy A. August 25, 2021
My students found using this resource helped learn the concept of phylogenetic trees and common ancestorial relationships much easier to understand. It was easy to follow and work through mostly on their own or in small groups. – Sonia G. April 15, 2020
No Prep! Very easy to use! I helped my regular classes with each step, did the first round with the advanced and then had them continue on with the others. – Lori B. January 31, 2020
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