Strand
Life and Environmental Sciences
Standard 5: Life and Environmental Sciences: DIVERSITY, GENETICS, AND EVOLUTION: Understand genetics and biological evolution and their impact on the unity and diversity of organisms
Topic
Biological Evolution
Benchmark SC.BS.5.1
Explain the theory of evolution and describe evidence that supports this theory
Sample Performance Assessment (SPA)
The student: Explains that the Earth's present day life forms have evolved from earlier distinctly different species and describes molecular and anatomical evidences (e.g., DNA, protein sequence analysis, comparative embryology, fossil records) that support the theory of evolution.
Rubric
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Explain the evolution of a present day organism based on molecular and anatomical evidence
Explain the theory of evolution and describe the evidence that supports it
Define the theory of evolution and name the evidence that supports it
Recognize the theory of evolution