The curriculum described in the February 2016 NSTA journal Science Scope encourages students to explore the trees in their neighborhood and develop an understanding of the trees’ evolutionary history. The curriculum is free online and has both a fall and spring component so that students can look at both fruits and flowers on the trees. Students learn to identify local trees by leaf shape and arrangement as well as different fruit and flower structures and then group local trees based on relatedness. They learn that related trees are similar because they share traits inherited over generations from a common ancestor that lived long ago. Through the activities in the 14-lesson fall unit and the eight-lesson spring unit students learn to tie biodiversity to evolution, argue why certain trees are related based on their characteristics and use evidence to justify their claims to each other. The full curriculum can be found at https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/education/unifying_life_site
Available for purchase - The right to view, keep, and/or download material upon payment of a one-time fee.