Evolutionary Puzzles

Grade Levels: 6-8 | Duration: 60 minutes

Create, organize, and structure data to explore patterns of heredity. (Lab Connection: DNA and Genetics)

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Lab Connections Icon Lab Connection: DNA and Genetics

Grade Levels: 6-8

Duration: 60 minutes

Concepts/Skills: Biology, evolution, data analysis, pattern
recognition, decomposition


  • Explore how phylogenetic trees organize species based on shared characteristics.
  • Discover both the power and the limitations of phylogenetic trees as a tool for making inferences about the evolutionary history of different species.
  • Engage in authentic science practices through data analysis.